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CharityVision Raises Nearly $1 Million at Second Annual Fight Night

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CHICAGO, June 22, 2016 – CharityVision, a Salt Lake City non-profit organization, raised nearly $1 million at their second annual Fight Night on Saturday, June 11. The black-tie fundraiser boasted a feature fight between legendary boxer Oscar De La Hoya and boxing enthusiast Mario Lopez at the Rail Event Center in Salt Lake City. Josh Romney, CharityVision’s president, served as the night’s emcee and Jenn Blosil, a top 15 finalist on this season of American Idol, sang the national anthem. Mexican luchadores, appetizers and a live and silent auction also played a part in drawing hundreds of donors to the unique event in support of a deserving cause.

A non-profit based in Utah, CharityVision provides medical equipment, clinics, vision screenings, eye surgeries and training to doctors in poverty-stricken areas across the globe. Their goal for this year’s event was to raise enough money to cover 40,000 sight-restoring surgeries.

“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we’ll be able to improve the lives of tens of thousands of people in a hugely significant way,” shared CharityVision President Josh Romney. “We are thrilled by the success of the event and can’t thank Oscar De La Hoya, Mario Lopez, and all of our supporters enough.”

Gesture, a Chicago-based mobile bidding technology company, partnered with CharityVision to help the organization double the revenue from silent auction and donations from last year’s inaugural fundraiser. Gesture worked alongside the CharityVision team to advise and plan prior to the event and provided an on-site professional team that managed seamless mobile bidding, fast and flawless check in and out, direct donations and a real-time dashboard that offered insights directed to increase fundraising.

“With Gesture’s help, we were able to raise more money than we had last year and make an even bigger impact,” Romney said. “They supported us during the planning process and were assets to me and my team throughout the fundraiser and post event analysis. It’s a great partnership, and I look forward to working with them in the future.”

For more information on how Gesture can help your non-profit raise more money, go to www.Gesture.com.

Gesture is a technology company based in the Chicagoland area that helps non-profit organizations raise more money through a unique technology platform. Since 2011, Gesture has managed over 3,000 events for non-profit charity partners and helped raise over $330 million. Founder, Jim Alvarez drives the team of over 50 full-time staff members to continue to help more charities raise more money across the country.

CharityVision is focused on empowering local physicians in 25 developing countries to overcome curable blindness and poor vision by providing eye exams, glasses, surgeries, and eye-care clinics. In 2015, doctors in CharityVision clinics around the globe restored the sight of more than 40,000 patients. www.charityvision.net

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Gesture Helps non profit charity partners raise over $100 Million in 2015

January 6, 2015

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Gesture Helps non profit charity partners raise over $100 Million in 2015

 

Mobile bidding technology company expands into new markets to assist more nonprofits raise more funds.

 

 

CHICAGO, Jan. 6, 2016 —Gesture, a Chicagoland technology company, celebrates helping non profit charity partners across the country raise over $100 million in 2015.  Since 2011, Gesture has worked with more than 2,000 charitable organizations raising over $225 million through use of a unique,  innovative fundraising technology platform, expert advance planning and on site team working in real time to maximize fundraising efforts.

 

Gesture is a technology company with a mission to enable donors to give more to their favorite charities through the use of mobile technology. Gesture initially focused on mobile silent auctions but has expanded offering additional tools that help charity partners increase their potential fundraising capabilities and in turn have a larger impact supporting each organization’s charitable mission. Gesture is ready to partner and serve non profit organizations in 21 new markets during 2016.

 

“Our goal is to make hope happen and we are energized by helping our charity partners raise over $100 million in 2015,” said Jim Alvarez, founder and CEO of Gesture. “We hope to raise $1 billion for our charity partners over the next few years. To help us reach our goals, we’ve added many new team members and are expanding into new markets as we continue to embrace technology and assist non profits of all sizes and causes to raise more revenue through their fundraising activities,” adds Alvarez.

 

 

Gesture welcomes two new board members, Stan Greanias and Martin Coyne, to the team. Mr. Greanias is a former CEO of Sara Lee Coffee where he managed a $1.5B budget and was responsible for 4,000 employees.  Early in Mr. Coyne’s career, he worked in the White House, reporting directly to First Lady Nancy Reagan. He has spent the last 23 years of his career at Global Ronald McDonald House Charities with the last seven years as CEO of the global entity. Mr. Coyne was responsible for $2B in assets, 40,000 volunteers, and 360 local chapters worldwide.

 

“We are honored to add our new board members and the wealth of experience and knowledge they offer us as we aim to grow and provide more charity partners with opportunity to increase much needed revenue to support a multitude of charitable organizations nationwide,” shared Alvarez.

 

Gesture welcomes the opportunity to serve non profits of all categories and sizes and includes many nationwide charities. To contact Gesture, go to www.gesture.com.

 

Gesture is a technology company based in the Chicagoland area that helps non-profit organizations raise more money through a unique technology platform. In business since 2011, Gesture has raised over $225 million for their charity partners and has ran over 3,000 events. Founded by Jim Alvarez, Gesture employs over 50 full-time staff members in their Westmont office, as well as representatives across the country. In 2015, Gesture reached a major milestone by raising over $100 million in a single year.

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Mobile Bidding Tech Company Auctions By Cellular (ABC) Rebrands Itself Gesture

Gesture, Make Hope HappenWestmont, IL, May 11, 2015 — To better reflect its long-term vision — including a more comprehensive slate of products and honed articulation of what the emotional impact those products enable — Auctions By Cellular, or AuctionsByCellular (ABC), today rebranded itself Gesture.

The timing also coincides with the company’s remarkable growth since first launching into the crowded space in 2011. On the heels of the company’s busiest weekend in its history, this underscores management’s belief that they are not just a parochial business catering to schools and local organizations, but rather a national company changing how charities big and small think about the donor experience.

“We are continually assessing our brand and offering to find out if we are best representing what we provide our charity partners,” said Jim Alvarez, Founder/CEO, of Gesture. “Over the last year especially, as we’ve grown increasingly embedded into the donor experience, we realized there was a bigger opportunity to enhance and reflect the emotional benefits associated with the experience of giving.”

Jim Alvarez, CEO and Founder of Gesture

Accordingly, when Alvarez and his team first considered a relaunch, they looked at both the functional technology they offer, and the key emotional benefits of having superior technology and event-experts.

Since its 2011 founding, Gesture reports that it has helped over 2,000 charities nationwide raise in excess of $170 million.

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Leading Mobile Fundraising Company Gesture Wins Chicago Innovation Award, Expands Its Charity Platform

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Scheduled to run a total of 264 events across 136 cities in 28 states in the fourth quarter of 2014 alone, Gesture’s expert team and its suite of event management software is set reshape the way charities and donors create positive change anywhere in the world

Gesture has been awarded the coveted Chicago Innovation Award for their revolutionary charity fundraising platform and services that continue to create positive change all over the country.

Selected from an astounding 552 nominees and 100 finalists, Gesture — America’s leading mobile fundraising event company — has been named Chicago’s most innovative new company.

By helping charities, nonprofits, schools, churches and foundations through its digital bidding technology and customized charity event solutions, organizations have maximized their revenue through their silent auctions, direct donations and live auctions. In just over three years, Gesture has helped raise over $140 million for its expanding number of charity partners.

The company’s trusted network of countrywide partners include renowned charities such as the Boys and Girls Club, American Heart Association, Ronald McDonald House Charities, the YMCA, Folds of Honor and American Red Cross .

Using its innovative Mobile Bidding technology where donors bid easily and efficiently via any mobile device, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer from anywhere in the world, Gesture’s mission to foster generosity and deliver affordable charity event solutions sets the company at the forefront of the industry.

“This award galvanizes what the Gesture team has been working towards over the past three years, being more than just a charity event service by not only facilitating positive change through our forward-thinking platforms, but also by building long lasting partnerships with our clients,” says Gesture Founder and CEO Jim Alvarez. “Through our expert event management team, and our world class mobile technology, any charity can reach their revenue goals with the least amount of work,” he adds.

Gesture, Alvarez explains, has become a model company for fundraising events by being a hub for every organizational facet of a benefit.

The flagship service, however, is Gesture’s innovative Mobile Bidding technology where charity guests use their mobile phones to register easily with only their name and phone number, and start bidding on silent auction items instantly. Guests receive texts informing them when they are the high bidder, when they have been outbid, and when they’ve won. The software’s automated checkout service streamlines the post-auction process.

By integrating its team and software seamlessly into an event, Gesture can check in any number of guests — to allow for fast and easy registration before bidding — and run the event through its user-friendly, PCI compliant technology that automates auctions, and partners with word-class benefit auctioneers.

According to Philip Crutchfield, VP of Strategic Partnerships, this suite of services will now be complimented by Gesture’s new Integrated Ticketing Platform. This new feature allows charities complete oversight of the event-ticketing site, featuring their logo, banner, event description, contact information, and more. Additionally, the complete software integration means guests will automatically be registered to bid and donate as soon as they purchase a ticket.

“Adding to our focus on utilizing readily available technology to facilitate positive outcomes, this new feature can even provide our charities with instant stats and sales tracking reports,” Crutchfield explains.

As mobile phones become an increasingly established part of our everyday lives, companies like Gesture seek to apply new ways of utilizing this technology that looks beyond baseline profits. According to Pew Research Institute, 90% of American adults have a cell phone.

“Our Social Entrepreneurship platform solely exists to help charities become more profitable, and utilizing mobile phones to facilitate this makes it more efficient for them, and more fun and accessible for people wanting to donate — to make a change,” says Alvarez.

Scheduled to run a total of 264 events across 136 cities in 28 states in the fourth quarter of 2014 alone, Gesture’s expert team and its suite of event management software is set reshape the way charities and donors create positive change anywhere in the world.

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Founded by Jim Alvarez in 2011, Gesture works with charities, nonprofits, schools, churches and community organizations nationwide to organize events that maximize revenue in silent auctions, direct donations and live auctions. From school auctions, sports fundraisers, golf outings, club fundraisers and stadium auctions to the most elegant gala, Gesture helps charities raise more money via energetic teams and unique mobile bidding technology. Gestures easy-to-use, PCI-compliant mobile auction software doesn’t require extra devices and can be used by anyone anywhere in the world.

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Silent Auction Goes Mobile

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Many charity organizations are moving away from the old “pen and paper” auctions to a more modern, auction friendly, mobile version. Lots of time is wasted in the traditional silent auctions as people sign in and begin by trying to find their friends or getting caught up at a dinner table eating before placing bids. With a mobile bidding system guests can begin auctioning for items immediately after signing into the auction. With the entire auction being held basically online and almost literally in the guest’s hands at all times, they can continue to socialize, eat, or drink while still placing constant bids on the items they want.

Almost everything is going mobile or online these days and the silent auction is one that definitely gains from this advancement in technology. With guests being able to keep real time updates on their bids it allows for a more aggressive and reactive bidding system. Where a regular dinner and auction would have guests trapped at a table for 30 minutes or more a mobile auction would keep the bids continuing even while they eat. Playing with your cell phone may be rude during a normal dinner but not when the guests are bidding for items for charity!

Since everything is being ran online a live leaderboard can be used to remind guests that they are at an auction and keep them bidding while also showing them what other donors are present at their auction. Notifications for being out bid or for when the live auctions starts can be sent to a phone via text or email right after the guest signs in. All they have to do is give their cell phone number or email at the beginning. The messages can be sent out to everyone or just one person helps to keep the donors in the loop about their bids and when to pick up their items if they win.

Mobile bidding helps both the guests and the staff have an easier time while the charity auction takes place. Along with being an environmentally friendly version of a traditional auction it also has added benefits for the charity. Not all charities sell their items or meet their goals with just one auction but now that it’s being done online and mobile the auction can continue for the items that weren’t sold online. This helps charities reach their goal or beat their goal even after the silent auction is over.

In a world that is going digital, or mobile, this is just one more stop on the way to an easier and better way to do things. Silent auctions for charity can do nothing but gain with this new way of bidding and opens up more opportunities for helping raise more money for charity.

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Violence in Chicago inspires local tech startup to give back on World Humanitarian Day

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Tragic killings of innocent victims in bad neighborhoods continue to put Chicago’s violence on the national stage. As the World Humanitarian Day is approaching, local mobile tech startup Gesture has decided to team up with Habitat for Humanity to help build a home for a family in need on August 19, 2014.

“It’s easy to blame others for the violence, but we all know that doesn’t solve anything. Instead of just talking about the heartbreaking reports, our company has decided to build up Chicago by rolling up our sleeves and getting to work. It is important to invest in our community,” says Jim Alvarez founder of Gesture.

While Chicago has been receiving negative national news, Gesture encourages everyone to use this national holiday to participate in positive action. Come together and serve on August 19, 2014 to our beautiful city.

Mission: To inspire others to give back, encourage people to get involved and show them an easy way to join a team Aug 19th.

Details:
Organization: Habitat For Humanity DuPage County
Date: Aug. 19th, 2014
Time: 7:45am – 3:30pm
Location: 2S674 Route 53, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

For further information or to get involved, contact:
Monika Rydzewski
Monika.Rydz@gesture.com
Direct number: (847) 409-7189

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LA KINGS Debut First In-Game Auction with Gesture

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Beginning when doors open until the end of the second intermission, stop by the Kings Care Foundation booth, located at section 103 on the main concourse of STAPLES Center, to bid on memorabilia autographed by current and former LA Kings players. Silent auctions will be held during every home game of the 2013-2014 season.

To START BIDDING TEXT KINGS TO 52182 or visit KINGS.MYAB.CO

All in-game auctions and sales benefit the Kings Care Foundation and purchasers may obtain a charitable receipt for tax purposes upon request.

In its seventeen year history, the Kings Care Foundation has donated over $6 million in monetary and in-kind support to the local Los Angeles community. Starting in August 2009, the Kings Care Foundation proudly announced a $500,000 commitment to the Blood Donor Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to help increase the much needed collection of life-saving blood for the seriously ill and injured children at the hospital.

Interested in Mobile Bidding and Silent Auction in the LA area? Contact www.Gesture.com or call us at 888.748.2323

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U.S. mobile bidding leader Gesture adds operations, marketing experts to team

Chicago, Ill. – January 24, 2014 –Mobile bidding technology leader, Gesture, today announced two appointments: Steve Greanias, formerly vice president of program development for GoHealth, as vice president of operations; and content marketing expert Monika Rydzewski as marketing communications manager.

Gesture serves more than 700 charity partners in more than 120 North American cities. We have helped these great organizations raise $60 million during the three years since launching. By adding Steve’s and Monika’s expertise to our team, we plan to continue revolutionizing the mobile bidding experience,” noted Jim Alvarez, Gesture president and co-founder.

Gesture is the first mobile bidding technology company to allow patrons to bid with their smartphones. It also is first to offer a flat-fee business model so that charity leaders could put the most of every dollar raised into operating budgets to serve community needs.

Steve Greanias, now vice president of operations for Gesture, is a customer operations executive responsible for post-sale client interactions, including implementation, support and retention. GoHealth Insurance grew from 70 employees to more than 1,000 when he worked there from 1997-2013. While on the executive team, the company experienced 400% growth and transformed itself from servicing health insurance agents and agencies’ technology and marketing needs to being a full service distribution partner to the health insurance industry. Prior to GoHealth, Greanias was with Wilson Dow Group, a corporate communication strategies & event productions company where he was director of finance and human resources. Greanias graduated from Indiana University in May 2000 with a degree in finance.

As marketing communications manager, Monika Rydz is the founder of Connect.Inspire.Grow, a networking organization of influential individuals who connect, get inspired and help one another grow. She is also the co-founder of a mobile app called “Show and Tell” that allows people to brand their photos and videos from the palm of their hand. The Chicago Tribune referred to her as an “all-around video marketing expert” and ChicagoNow featured her as one of the top 12 people to watch in the Windy City. Rydzewski’s 10-year experience includes social media growth, strategic development and delivery of video marketing campaigns and communications strategies; corporate sales and partner relationships and event planning-organizing-sponsorships for LA Tan Corporate and Trading Advantage. Rydzewski co-hosted for the FOX Chicago “Upscale TV” and hosts her online show called “Connect.Inspire.GrowTV” that features inspiring people. Her clients are regular contributors for CNBC, FOX Business News and Bloomberg Television. She attended Columbia College.

About Gesture
Based in Chicago, Gesture was founded in 2011 to help non-profits improve fundraising efforts by harnessing the power of technology. The company’s technology platform is responsible for helping to raise over $60 million at hundreds of events annually for organizations such as Ronald McDonald House, American Red Cross, Make a Wish, American Heart Association, Boys & Girls Clubs, universities such as Notre Dame, Purdue and DePaul, and Chicago-area hospitals including Rush Hospital, Children’s Hospital and Wheaton Franciscan.

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U.S. Mobile Bidding Leader Expands Silent Auction Fundraising Platform with Live Auction Solutions

Gesture appoints auctioneer veteran Renee Jones who has managed auctions from real estate sales in 30+ states to the disposition of assets on behalf of the US Trustee for the Enron bankruptcy

Chicago, Ill. – January 21, 2014 –Mobile bidding technology leader, Gesture, today announced the appointment of industry veteran Renee Jones as national director of live auction services.

“Our philosophy is centered on being the best partner to the thousands of charities that we work with annually,” noted Jim Alvarez, Gesture president and co-founder. “With the appointment of Renee, we plan to offer a full-service auction solution for our charity partners to continue enhancing relationships with their donors.”

Live Auction ExpertJones has earned a reputation over twenty-five years as one of the industry’s most knowledgeable and experienced benefit auction professionals. She has worked with hundreds of non-profit organizations across the country and in the Caribbean as a professional benefit auctioneer, planner and consultant. She was the youngest competitor to win the National Auctioneers Association’s (NAA) prestigious International Auctioneers Championship. Jones has called auctions for the FDIC, US Customs Service, US Marshal Service, as well as federal and state courts, and municipalities.

A sought after speaker, Jones lectures at dozens of national, regional, and state industry related conferences annually. Jones earned a B.S. degree with honors from Texas Woman’s University and graduated from the Certified Auctioneers Institute at Indiana University. She has served two terms on the NAA board of directors and as Chairman of its Education Trustees. Jones is a designated Benefit Auction Specialist and Certified Estate Specialist.

“What differentiates Gesture is that we have now combined technologically-advanced mobile bidding for non profit events with live auction services in a manner which cannot duplicated in the industry,” Said Ms. Jones. “We provide organizations with a unified system and personnel from start to finish ensuring a streamlined and professionally executed event no matter the size or location.”
Jones will be responsible for developing the company’s live auction strategy, portfolio of live auction services, and its operational implementation.

“We are excited to add a very accomplished industry expert to our Gesture team,” said Alvarez. “Renee’s expertise is focused on education and competency. She complements our event team’s knowledge and our relationships with the best and brightest auctioneers across the country as we expand to manage over 1,000 events next year.”

Ms. Jones added, “Every organization and every event is important and unique, so to maximize the outcome requires a thoroughly customized program from beginning to end. Gesture will blend its state of the art bidding technology with providing the best in live auction event and advisory services.
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Based in Chicago, Gesture was founded in 2011 to help non-profits improve fundraising efforts by harnessing the power of technology. The company’s technology platform is responsible for helping to raise over $60 million at hundreds of events annually for organizations such as Ronald McDonald House, American Red Cross, Make a Wish, American Heart Association, Boys & Girls Clubs, universities such as Notre Dame, Purdue and DePaul, and Chicago-area hospitals including Rush Hospital, Children’s Hospital and Wheaton Franciscan. Visit /.

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U.S. Silent Auction Leader Gesture Adds Tech Guru to Team

Gesture appoints John Polacek, speaker, popular award-winning open source code author, to help lead mobile bidding platform

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johnnydayMobile bidding technology company Gesture today announced the appointment of John Polacek to Lead Web Developer, reporting to Chief Technology Officer, Rich Aquino.

“The appointment of John is critical because our philosophy is centered on the best people and technology working in collaboration with our charity partners. We are committed to a mobile bidding platform that keeps increasing the money each raises by 20-60 percent compared to the prior year’s silent auction,” noted Jim Alvarez, Gesture president and co-founder.

Polacek, previously senior developer at global advertising agency Draftfcb, has worked on mobile sites, apps, websites and more for brands such as Motorola, Boeing, Kmart, Volkswagen, Sharpie and Dow. He is best known for developing plugins used by thousands of developers and agencies all over the world to create award-winning work for their clients.

Polacek was sought to speak at Techweek Chicago where he gave the talk: “Open Sourcing Your Code for Fame and Fortune.” His popular responsive web design tools have been featured in Wired Magazine’s WebMonkey and online coding publications like HTML5 Weekly, Codrops and Treehouse. Polacek earned a BFA in illustration from Northern Illinois University.

“We are excited to add a very accomplished developer to the team and to elevate our silent auction technology to a new level as non-profit leaders increasingly seek engaging technologies that are easy-to-use and enhance relationships with their donors. We help charities take fundraising to the next level,” said Aquino.

Gesture plans to help manage 750 charity events in 2014.

About Gesture: Based in Chicago, Gesture was founded in 2011 to help non-profits improve fundraising efforts by harnessing the power of technology. The company’s technology platform is responsible for helping to raise over $52 million at hundreds of events annually for organizations such as Ronald McDonald House, American Red Cross, Make a Wish, American Heart Association, Boys & Girls Clubs, universities such as Notre Dame, Purdue and DePaul, and Chicago-area hospitals including Rush Hospital, Children’s Hospital and Wheaton Franciscan. Join the conversation with @GestureTeam or on Facebook.

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Alvarez wins Tyree award for startups

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Jim Alvarez, CEO of Gesture, won the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce’s second James Tyree award for emerging business leadership.

Mr. Alvarez, a former trader, launched a company two years ago that allows bidders at charity auctions to participate by using their cellphones. It now has 34 staffers and expects $3.5 million in revenue this year. You can read more about Gesture here.

Gesture won the award for high-growth, small companies that’s named for the former CEO of Mesirow Financial Holdings Inc., James Tyree, who died two years ago. The award was announced Tuesday at the chamber’s annual meeting.

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Chicagoland Leaders Unite at Chamber’s 109th Annual Meeting

The theme of this year’s Chicagoland Chamber Annual Meeting of Membership – “Locally Grown, Globally Known” – is indicative of the goal shared by all of the prominent business and government leaders in attendance: to promote economic development in the Chicago region in order to remain competitive in the global marketplace.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel took the stage early in the event, discussing the importance of continuing to strengthen the relationship between the Chamber and City Hall to ensure collaboration between the two groups in working to revitalize the local economy.

To build a successful future for Chicago, the Mayor stressed the need for investment to make our workforce the best trained and educated in the country, the need to improve our city colleges, and the need to improve our transportation infrastructure throughout Chicagoland. He also emphasized the importance of attracting and retaining jobs and companies, noting that his work has begun to pay off as 14 companies moved their world headquarters to Chicago over the past year.

The Mayor also made sure to express his gratitude to Chamber President and CEO Jerry Roper, saying “I’d like us all to recognize 20 years of great leadership from Jerry Roper.”

Roper will retire from his post in August and will be succeeded by Theresa Mintle, who was chief of staff to Mayor Rahm Emanuel until leaving that post in March. Scott Swanson, Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, led a standing ovation for Roper’s accomplishments over the past two decades and expressed excitement about the future of the Chamber under Mintle‘s leadership.

Keynote Speaker Jeff Smisek, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Continental Holdings, carried the same theme into his address with a focus on the airline industry and its importance to the business community and the regional economy.

The airline industry is responsible for $1 trillion in economic activity, millions of jobs, and the transportation needs of millions of people and companies. Because of this, Smisek said it is in the interest of all Chicagoland residents that the airline industry is successful. Smisek also fielded questions from the audience during a town hall discussion following his address.

16e4d9e8-3826-485a-8df2-f82d15350a05_zps080e0c7bThe final highlight was the announcement of Jim Alvarez, CEO of Gesture, as the 2013 James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award recipient. Chicagoland Chamber Vice Chairman and Mesirow Financial Chairman & CEO Richard Price presented the award alongside Eve Tyree, wife of late Chicagoland Chamber Chairman and business leader James Tyree.

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