Howard Meyer, Executive Director
Howard joined the Chamber staff as Executive Director at the end of 2005. He is a seasoned professional in the non-profit and business community, having served various organizations in a leadership capacity during his thirty year career. His experience with children’s camps and conference centers, and as Business Director for large religious congregations has given him the skills necessary to set the Skokie Chamber of Commerce and Industry as a leading Business Association on the North Shore. Howard brings to our Chamber a commitment to sound fiscal and organizational management, business development and programming. Most importantly, he has a dedication towards customer service, membership development, growing your business and community outreach. Since coming to the Chamber, Howard has directed a renaissance which has included increasing the level and quality of Chamber programming and a true dedication to the success of member businesses. The Illinois Association of Chamber Executives awarded Howard his ACE, Accredited Chamber Executive, designation in 2017. Howard also serves as Vice-Chairman of the Village of Skokie Economic Development Commission. His door is always open to assist you with your membership needs.
Mari Plotnik, Administration and Event Manager
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Mari joined the Skokie Chamber of Commerce in March of 2018. She comes to the Chamber with solid administration and event experience. Mari has previously served such organizations as High School District 213, the New Trier High School District and its affiliated Parent Organization; High School District 219, Niles Township; and most recently, Congregation B’nai Tikvah in Deerfield as Office Manager. Mari is a Skokie resident and also enjoys her avocation of being a talented Pastry Chef! Her experiences have guided her towards a strong interest for organizing and planning. Mari admires the dedicated work ethic of the Skokie Chamber of Commerce and its members. She enjoys being a valuable asset to this association and supporting the local business community.
Elaine Kemna-Irish, Membership and Development Director
Elaine joined the staff of the Skokie Chamber of Commerce in the Fall of 2016, having served another area Chamber of Commerce in a variety of capacities beginning in 2007. As a seasoned Chamber Professional, we look forward to Elaine enhancing our membership benefits and the quality of services as she plays an integral role in the process of improving benefits, systems and procedures. Elaine has over 35 years of experience in a variety of fields, corporate and non-profit, focusing on marketing and community relations. She is looking forward to establishing relationships with the Skokie community, businesses and growing the membership.