Board of Directors
The Rockford Area Economic Development Council Board of Directors consists of up to 49 Voting Directors plus up to four Officers. By working directly with RAEDC investors, allies, and staff, Board members provide leadership and broaden considerations about how the RAEDC will achieve its missions and goals. The Board approves employment of a President and approves the annual budget, capital expenditures, and contracts in excess of a two-year-duration or $10,000.
The term of office for elected Directors is three years. The term of office for Ex-Officio Voting and Ex-Officio Nonvoting Directors is one year. Any vacancy occurring in the Board of Directors may be filled by election by the Board.
Chairman of the Board: Joel Sjostrom, Sjostrom & Sons, Inc.
Vice Chair/Treasurer: Sagar Patel, Woodward
Immediate Past Chair: William C. Roop, Alpine Bank
Director at Large: Dr. William Gorski, SwedishAmerican Health System
Director at Large: Stan Kottke II, UTC Aerospace Systems
Director at Large: David Schertz, OSF St. Anthony Medical Center
Director at Large: Sunil Puri, First Rockford Group
Leadership Council Chair: Steve Ward, Riverside Community Bank
Business Attraction Solutions Team Chair: Steve Bois, Rockford Area REALTORS
Business Retention & Expansion Solutions Team Chair: John Saunders, Larson & Darby Group
Business & Community Relations Solutions Team Chair: Linda Gerber, Rock River Valley Blood Center
Rockford Area Aerospace Network Chair: Jeffrey J. Kaney, Kaney Group LLC
Mayor Lawrence J. Morrissey, City of Rockford
Chairman Scott Christiansen, Winnebago County
Don Thayer, Rockford Area Economic Development Council
R. Richard Bastian, III, Blackhawk Bank
Teresa Beach-Shelow, Superior Joining Technologies
Edward C. Berg, First Northern Credit Union
Martin Bradford, Concentric Rockford Inc.
Jerry Busse, Rockford Toolcraft, Inc.
Paul Callighan, ComEd
John Chadwick, WREX-TV
Dr. Rena Cotsones, Northern Illinois University
Greg Graber, WIFR-TV
Thomas Green, Barrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley & Van Evera
Gary Kaatz, Rockford Health System
Jeff Layng, JP Morgan Chase
Penelope Lechtenberg, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Brad Long, Building Trades/Project First Rate
Dr. W. Stephen Minore, Rockford Anesthesiologists Associated, LLC
Fran Morrissey, The Morrissey Family Businesses
Ed Munguia, Stillman Bank
Mike Paterson, Mid-West Family Broadcasting
Mark Peterson, CherryVale Mall / CBL & Associates Properties
Michele Petrie, BMO Harris Bank N.A.
Andrew Shallow, Associated Bank
Tom Sink, IBEW / NECA
Senator Dave Syverson
Josh Trust, Rockford Register Star
Glen Turpoff, Northern Illinois Building Contractors Association
Dave Whitmore, IronWorkers Local Union 498
Joel Zirkle, Fehr-Graham & Associates LLC
Mayor Dale Adams, Village of Rockton
Dr. Jack Becherer, Rock Valley College
MayorJerry Bolin, Village of Machesney Park
Mike Dunn, Greater Rockford Airport Authority
Einar Forsman, Rockford Chamber of Commerce
Steve Graceffa, Rock River Water Reclamation
John Groh, Rockford Area Conv. & Visitors Bureau
Frank Haney, Next Rockford
Dr. Mitch King, U of I College of Medicine
Mayor Darryl Lindberg, City of Loves Park
Paul Logli, United Way of Rock River Valley
Stacy Bernardi, Winnebago County Regional Planning
Todd Cagnoni, City of Rockford
Kelly Galluzzo, Growth Dimensions of Belvidere & Boone County
John Phelps, Rockford Local Development Corp.
Jeff Polsean, State of Illinois
David Young, Northwest Illinois Development Alliance
For more information about serving on the RAEDC Board of Directors, contact Mary Cacioppi, RAEDC Senior Director of Investor Relations, at 815.987.8118 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.