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Apr 11

Jerry Roper - Chicagoland Chamber President and CEO - Set to Retire

Chicago, IL – The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce announced today that Jerry Roper, President and CEO, will retire by the end of this calendar year. Jerry has served the Chicagoland business community for over 20 years as President of the Chicagoland Chamber. Under his leadership, the Chicagoland Chamber was awarded a 5-Star Accreditation – the highest possible – from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the region’s business climate.

“Throughout the 20 years that Jerry Roper has been in this role, he has maintained a tireless passion, focus, and commitment to the work of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and its 1,500 member companies,” said Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Chairman and Regional President of PNC Bank, Illinois Scott Swanson. “Jerry has been a leader and an advocate for both small and large business and Chicagoland’s entrepreneurial communities, as demonstrated by his role in the formation of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC), the Center’s innovative Bridge Program, the Illinois Innovation Accelerator (I2A) Fund, and the Small Business Development and Resource Center (SBDRC).”

Jerry will remain in his current position until a successor is identified, and he will stay actively engaged with the Chicagoland Chamber once the new President is installed. A Succession Planning Committee will work with the Chicagoland Chamber Executive Committee to oversee this process.

“As much as I’m looking forward to retirement, leaving my position at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce will definitely be a bittersweet moment,” said Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jerry Roper. “It has been both my pleasure and an honor to be able to serve this wonderful city and to work with so many talented, dedicated people throughout the years.”

About the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
The primary role of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is to make Chicagoland the most business-friendly region in America by enhancing our members’ success through aggressive programs in advocacy, member benefits and services, and actionable information. Serving as “The Voice of Business” since 1904, the Chamber leads aggressive public policy and business growth initiatives and we create meaningful events and programs to inform, engage, and connect our members to each other and the community. Visit

For More Information, Contact:
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
Tonya Lamia, Director of Communications
P 312.494.6749 / C 815.997.3724



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