David R. Casper, Chairman

David Casper is President and Chief Executive Officer, BMO Harris Bank N.A. and Group Head, Commercial Banking.  Mr. Casper began his career with BMO Financial Group working at Harris Bank in Chicago. After rising through a series of increasingly responsible roles in 1994, he was appointed to lead the corporate banking business in the Midwest. In 1997, he joined BMO Capital Markets, and from 2003 to 2006, he was Managing Director, Head of Financial Sponsors for the Investment and Corporate Banking group in the U.S.




Anthony K. Anderson

In 2012, Mr. Anderson retired as the Vice Chair and Midwest Area Managing Partner of Ernst & Young, after a 35-year career with EY. During his time there, he served for six years in the Los Angeles area as managing partner of EY’s Pacific Southwest region and as a member of Ernst & Young’s governing body, the Americas Executive Board




Inga Carus

Inga has worked in the environmental industry for more than 30 years; she received her BA in Chemistry, and MBA in Finance and Marketing, both from the University of Chicago.   Inga started her career with Air Products and Chemicals (APCI) where she worked from 1987 until 1992, primarily serving in ex-patriot positions in Europe, where she had commercial responsibility for APCI’s specialty products for the German speaking regions.




Gloria Castillo

Under the leadership of Ms. Castillo, Chicago United has launched nationally recognized programs including the annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner, the Business Leaders of Color publications, BoardLink, The Five Forward Initiative, and the Transformative Inclusion Members Series that presents national thought leaders in diversity and inclusion research.




Shelia Hill Morgan

Shelia C. Hill Morgan serves as President and CEO of the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (ChicagoMSDC), formerly the Chicago Minority Business Development Council (CMBDC), a nationally recognized organization dedicated to championing the interest of minority-owned businesses through partnering with major corporations and host of the Chicago Business Opportunity Fair (CBOF) a minority business show in existence for over 40 years.




Juan R. Luciano

Juan R. Luciano is Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Archer Daniels Midland Company.

Luciano joined ADM in 2011 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He was named President in February 2014, and in January 2015 became the ninth Chief Executive in ADM’s 112-year history. He became Chairman of the Board in January 2016.




Andrew J. McKenna, Sr.

Andrew (Andy) J. McKenna has served as a Non-Executive Chairman of McDonald’s Corporation since April 2004 and also Non-Executive Chairman of Schwarz Supply Source, a printer, converter, producer and distributor of packaging and promotional materials. Mr. McKenna serves as a director of the Chicago Bears, Ryan Specialty Group, and Skyline Corporation.




Douglas Oberhelman

Mr. Douglas (Doug) Oberhelman was elected Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Caterpillar in 2010, and previously held the role of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Caterpillar from 1995 to 1998. Mr. Oberhelman has extensive philanthropic interests and has served as Vice President of Wetlands America Trust, Chairman of the Easter Seals Foundation of Central Illinois, Director of the Gilmore Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors of World Resources Institute, and is a member of the Nature Conservancy's Latin America Conservation Council.  He was raised in Woodstock, Illinois and earned a bachelor’s degree from Millikin University.

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William A. Osborn

Mr. Osborn (Bill) graduated from Northwestern University, and Kellogg School of Management. He joined Northern Trust shortly after in 1970 and spent his career at the institution until 2009. He was Chairman and CEO of Northern Trust Corporation multibank holding company and the Northern Trust Company bank from 1995 through 2007. Other directorships include Abbot Laboratories, Nicor Inc. and the Tribune Company. Bill has been an Independent Director of Caterpillar since 2000. In 2011, he became chairman of the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University, replacing Patrick G. Ryan.




James Reynolds, Jr.

James Reynolds, Jr. is founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Loop Capital.  A 30-year veteran of the financial services industry, Mr. Reynolds established and led the Midwest Municipal Bond Sales Desk at PaineWebber in Chicago early in his career.  In 1997, Mr. Reynolds collaborated with Albert R. Grace, Jr. to form Loop Capital, where he has led the firm to becoming the largest minority-owned financial services firm and one of the largest privately-held investment banks in the United States.




Carmen Rossi

Carmen Rossi was born and raised in Frankfort, Illinois.  Mr. Rossi received his B.S. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in English and Political Science. He stayed at U of I for his Master’s Degree. Carmen completed his academic career at Northern Illinois University, where he received his Juris Doctorate, and currently practices commercial law, focusing on contracts and appellate court drafting.




E. Scott Santi

Scott Santi is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Illinois Tool Works Inc. Mr. Santi joined ITW in 1983 and has spent his entire career with the company. He was elected Executive Vice President in 2004 and named Vice Chairman in 2008. He became the Company’s Chief Executive Officer in November of 2012 and was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2015.




J.M. "Jim" Schultz

Jim Schultz is co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Intersect Illinois. Governor Bruce Rauner named Jim Schultz Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce in February 2015. He is a fifth generation Illinoisan, agribusiness entrepreneur, and private equity executive.





Roger Tedrick

Roger and his wife Sally currently reside in Mount Vernon, Illinois where he is president and CEO of the Tedrick Group, a risk management and commercial insurance firm. He is also past president of Jefferson County Development Corporation and a partner in two Illinois-based firms, Illinois Minerals, LLC and Illinois Methane, LLC.




Frederick H. Waddell

Frederick (Rick) H. Waddell is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Northern Trust. Since joining Northern Trust in 1975, Waddell has held leadership positions in Commercial Banking, Strategic Planning and Personal Financial Services. In March 2003, he became head of the Corporate & Institutional Services business unit and, in February 2006, was named President and Chief Operating Officer of Northern Trust. Mr. Waddell was appointed Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2008, and named Chairman in November 2009.




Miles D. White

Mr. White, who joined Abbott in 1984, became Chairman and CEO in 1999. In addition to being Chairman of the Abbott Board of Directors, Mr. White currently serves on the boards of Caterpillar Inc., and McDonald’s Corporation. He is a member of the board of the US-China Business Council, the Business Council, and the Business Roundtable. He is Chairman of The Culver Educational Foundation, and a board trustee of Northwestern University. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Mr. White was formerly Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.




Jim Wong

Jim Wong, CEO of Brilliant™, is a certified public accountant (Inactive) and possesses more than 20 years of experience in the accounting and staffing industries.

In 2009, Jim founded Brilliant, an award-winning search, staffing and management resources firm specializing in accounting, finance and information technology. The firm represents high-quality professionals, and hiring companies, in the greater Chicago and south Florida markets including offices in Chicago, IL, Schaumburg, IL, and Fort Lauderdale, FL, and recently expanding into the Western suburbs of Illinois.




David Young

David Young is the Executive Director of the Northwest Illinois Development Alliance (NIDA).  He is a seasoned economic development professional that has held leadership positions in the governmental, private and not-for-profit sectors and has a proven track record of delivering creative, collaborative solutions that achieve quantifiable results.  He just completed his 6th year at NIDA.