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Chamber Board Elections Ballot


Cast your vote below for the 2013-2014 Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors!

You may cast your vote online until 3 p.m. Wednesday, November 14th.  The November Member mixer and election will be the evening of November 14th, 6-8 p.m. at Cafe Absinthe, so please be sure to attend the mixer, even if you vote online. Appetizers, drinks and a great setting for networking with your fellow Chamber members will be provided! If you plan on attending, please RSVP here.

Just a few business items to note:

  • We have 8 Board openings and 10 candidates. 
  • The following are current Board Members running for re-election: Melissa Daza Mondero of Bucktown Wicker Park Dental, Michelle Gomez of M.GO Fashion Salon, Ann Nolan of State Farm Insurance and Ginna Ryan of Mauge, Inc. See below for the returning candidate bios.
  • We are pleased to welcome the following new candidates for the Board: Jim Dunne of Hope Energy, David Stearns of bar bar black sheep, Steven Vargas of Pro Mobile Webites, Alex Averbach of Tangerine, Scott Floersheimer of Jack & Ginger's and Mike Cho of Wicker Park Tavern & Cafe Absinthe. See below for the new candidate bios.
  • All business members in good standing are eligible to vote. If you are not current on your dues or are unsure if you are, please call the office to make the necessary arrangements, 773.384.2672.

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Returning Board Candidate Bios
Melissa Daza Mondero,
Bucktown Wicker Park Dental
Melissa Daza Mondero is a local dentist at Bucktown Wicker Park Dental on North Avenue. Melissa is running for her second Board term and serves on the WPB Chamber Membership Committee. 

Michelle Gomez,
M.GO Fashion Salon 
Michelle Gomez, owner of M.GO Fashion Salon on Division Street, is running for her second Board term. Michelle also produces several fashion shows throughout the year, including the Chicago Fashion Fest and serves on the Chamber’s Fest Committee and Marketing Committee.

Ann Nolan,
State Farm Insurance 
Ann Nolan owns the State Farm Insurance agency at 1631 N Milwaukee Avenue. Ann has previously served as Board President of the WPB Chamber Board and has many years of Board experience. She also chairs the WPB Chamber Planning Zoning and Development Committee.

Ginna Ryan,
Mauge, Inc. 
Ginna Ryan is co-owner of Mauge, Inc., a local marketing firm located on Milwaukee Avenue. She is also a local resident and serves on the WPB Chamber Marketing Committee. 

New Board Candidate Bios
Jim Dunne,
Hope Energy 
Jim Dunne is the CEO of Hope Energy, an energy sales and consulting company (electricity and natural gas) that provides its customers with the cheapest and best suited rates to meet each customer’s needs. Hope’s customers have averaged savings of 15% - 40% and the best part is that there are no out of pocket costs. In addition Hope helps guides its customers through the complicated energy procurement process by using its industry expertise and extensive real estate background.  Hope Energy can help any business with their energy needs from small restaurants to large manufacturers and has the portfolio to prove it.  Jim Dunne is  a real estate professional, energy sales consultant and licensed professional engineer with over 10 years of broad-based experience in project and people management with small private and Fortune 200 companies.

David Stearns,
bar bar black sheep 
David Stearns is the owner of bar bar Black Sheep.  He has been a real estate developer in the Wicker Park neighborhood for 27 years.

Steven Vargas,
Pro Mobile Websites 
Celebrating his 10th year here, Steven Vargas first moved to Chicago to experience its theatre community and soon came to experiment with his passions for film, performance, and marketing  -- and has never looked back. With a decade of experience in the service industry and four years under his belt as a wedding videographer, presently Steven is focusing on building his Bucktown-based business to help other local companies improve their online promotional efforts. While his focus is on mobile websites, Steven can also assist small businesses with a range of targeted marketing initiatives, including local SEO optimization and direct mail.  As a member of the Marketing Committee, he has enjoyed filming recent events as its resident videographer.

Alex Averbach,
My name is Alexandra Averbach. I have been with Tangerine for over 10 years. I am a hard working mother of two great children. I have watched Wicker Park/Bucktown transform from the first store opened to the commercial hub it has become. I sincerely believe that small businesses are a staple of any healthy economy and that they should thrive alongside corporate ventures. For some time I have been looking for a way to become more involved with the community I love so much and I believe I have found it. 

Scott Floersheimer,
Jack & Ginger's 
No bio provided. 

Mike Cho,
Wicker Park Tavern & Cafe Absinthe 
After working in the commercial insurance business for a number of years, I've found a passion for the service and hospitality industry that I'd never known in my professional life.  I've been working at the Wicker Park Tavern since 2006, and have been the director of operations since 2008. Living and working in the Wicker Park Bucktown area, I love and care about our neighborhood, and would be honored to be part of the process improving business for the neighborhood and the quality of life that the chamber strives towards.   

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