Howard's Bio PhotoHoward 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.

Elaine Kemna-Irish, Membership and Development Director


Since 2007, Elaine has served passionately in various roles at the Evanston Chamber of Commerce. She began her career at the Chamber as a Manager of Administration & Informational Services, was promoted to Membership Director and then Director of Chamber Operations before becoming the Executive Director. During her tenure, she enhanced membership benefits & quality of events and played an integral role in the process of improving the financial state of the organization. Elaine is a business professional with 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.


Mari Plotnik, Administration and Event Manager

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 New Trier High School District 203 and its affiliated Parents Association; Niles Township High School District 219; and most recently, Congregation B’nai Tikvah in Deerfield as Office Manager.  Mari is a long-time 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.