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Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce introduces new CEO


Above / Incoming Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce Board Chair and CEO Selection Task Force Chair Ian Holzhauer, President & CEO of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce Kaylin Risvold and NACC Board Chair Emily Ory welcomed local media to Stevenson Hall at the Wentz Science Center on the campus of North Central College. (PN Photo)

Updated Post, Oct. 24, 2019 /A news conference was held this morning to introduce new Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Kaylin Risvold to local media on her first day on the job.

In addition to “bringing pastries from DeEtta’s Bakery (a Chamber member) to the staff early this morning,” Risvold said her first official duty would be to serve at a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening late in the afternoon at KLA Schools.

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CEO Selection Task Force Chair Ian Holzhauer said 15 applicants for the position had been received from across the nation, nine of which were considered before narrowing the field to three, and selecting Risvold.

The 2005 Naperville Central High School graduate has a master’s degree in leadership studies from North Central College.

Risvold, age 32, stood out because of her connections to Naperville, background in journalism, and experience working in other communities as well as the nonprofit sector, Holzhauer said. 

Risvold said she will continue to build on the success of Nicki Anderson who held the NACC leadership position for more than five years.

“Nicki built the ramp,” Risvold said, noting her job would be fact-finding, bringing businesses together and growing membership “to jump off the ramp together.”

Board of Directors unanimously votes in Kaylin Risvold as President and CEO of the NACC, pictured here on the Naperville Riverwalk. (Photo courtesy Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce)

Original Post, Oct. 1, 2019 / The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce (NACC) is pleased to announce Kaylin Risvold will assume the role as its new President and CEO effective October 24, 2019.  After nearly two years of work to hone the process to fill this important role in the Naperville business community, and after a three-month search process, the CEO Selection Task Force could not deny the lasting impression left by Risvold.  Her infectious personality, notable advocacy experience, and passion for leadership will enrich the signature Business Forward momentum for which the NACC is known.

“The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce is a name that carries weight and importance,” Kaylin Risvold said. “I want to come in and amplify the great work the Chamber is already doing.” 

Risvold brings a Masters in Leadership and a diverse background of experience to the NACC. She
spent the past five and half years at the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter, most recently as the Director of Media Strategy. Kaylin has extensive experience working, advocating, and volunteering in the nonprofit sector. In addition, Risvold spent time as a television morning news anchor, reporter and producer in Missouri, South Carolina, and Oregon. “I intend to use my training as a journalist to ask the hard questions and my skills in leadership to guide us as we deliberate the answers.” Risvold said. 

The Board of Directors believes its decision to appoint Risvold as CEO will make a bold statement to its Members and speaks to the future it sees for the NACC with Risvold at the helm.

“Kaylin proved herself to be a leader of exceptional character, poise, and wisdom,” said Incoming Board Chair and CEO Selection Task Force Chair Ian Holzhauer.  “We are confident her bold strategic thinking will ensure that our 1,200-member Chamber family thrives over the next decade, even as chambers across the country face headwinds.”

The 2017 award-winning new logo represents new branding under Nicki Anderson’s watch that will go forward with new leadership by Kaylin Risvold.

Nicki Anderson, current President and CEO of the NACC, has left an indelible mark over her past five years.  Under Anderson’s leadership, the organization has enhanced engagement and grown the Young Professionals Network.  The NACC also went through a complete rebranding to increase its relevancy in the community.  Additionally, she led the organization through a capital campaign to raise $250,000 to fund technological advancements including a new website. 

Anderson believes in change and states, “I am confident the changes Kaylin and her team pursue will be relevant and timely.  I encourage our Members and our community to embrace this exciting time and surround them with support.”

When asked of a vision for the NACC Risvold said, “I want the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce to be a leader not only in this community, but nationwide.  I want Members to trust our resources and our opinions.  I want the NACC to be a model for how to future-proof chambers and I want to set the standard for what it means to stand up for business.” 

Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce since 1913

The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce is the largest suburban Chamber in Illinois with an active membership of 1,200 organizations of every size and from every sector. The NACC promotes economic growth and advocacy in and around the Naperville area.  For its efforts in promoting free enterprise and the business community, the Chamber has been recognized with 5-Star Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an honor bestowed on only 1 percent of Chambers, out of the nearly 7,000 in the nation. For more, visit www.naperville.net.

News release submitted by Kelli Keyzers, Director, Marketing & Communications, for the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce.

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