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IHCC Welcomes Jaime di Paulo New President & CEO


Chicago, IL. - January 2, 2019
The Board of Directors of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC) has appointed Jaime di Paulo as the new President and CEO. Mr. di Paulo, formerly the Executive Director of the Little Village Chamber of Commerce (LVCC) for the last five years, was selected by the IHCC Board, following a rigorous and competitive search led by Noetic Search.

Over his tenure at LVCC, the budget, membership and volunteer base all grew significantly.

He also was able to build support and participation from elected officials and corporate leaders contributing to heightened visibility for LVCC and increased opportunities for business growth for members and non-members alike. These accomplishments were recognized in 2018, with LVCC being awarded Chamber of the Year by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

“As the next CEO of IHCC, I have a moral obligation to be personally involved, not only to support business growth and develop our organization, but also to help our Hispanic communities prosper by using our influence proactively with the business community to make a sustainable difference,” said Jaime di Paulo. “In collaboration with the IHCC Board of Directors and staff, my job as leader is to start the fire that fuels the virtuous cycle of success here in Illinois and turn our work into a beacon of hope, creating and shaping the future. One of my key deliverables as I take office next January 22nd, is to ‘imagine’ the IHCC future. With that in mind, we should then concentrate on validating our strategic choices to make them a reality. I am thrilled, excited, grateful and humbled all at the same time. Dreams do come true in Illinois!”

“ I personally could not be more proud of the hard work my fellow board members displayed during this process,” said Board Chair, Juan Gaytan. “We selected Jaime for many reasons but, the key areas, were his understanding of the role of a statewide chamber of commerce, and his demonstrated success bringing government and private sector projects to the Latino business community. The IHCC board and staff is committed to strengthening our member and client businesses and help create a better world through entrepreneurship. With our new leadership we are excited about the future of IHCC.”

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Kelley Francis to Assume Key Role as IHCC's Chief Operating Officer

IHCC is also pleased to announce that Kelley Francis will assume the role of IHCC's Chief Operating Officer (COO). Over the last four months, Kelley has served as the Interim President and CEO, and prior to that as IHCC’s Vice President of Corporate Relations for six years.

Kelley brings a wealth of institutional knowledge and business experience to the position. Kelley has extensive experience in small business consulting, designing and implementing new programs, and sales.
She is passionate about growing businesses, serving diverse small businesses and managing teams. We are very excited to welcome Kelley to this new role.

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IHCC’s mission is to cultivate knowledge, connections and collaboration to effect transformational social change and achieve sustainable economic impact through entrepreneurship.

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