Intersect Illinois Appoints Meena Beyers to Board of Directors

February 24, 2022
Beyers to represent Nicor Gas in helping bring economic development to Illinois

Intersect Illinois today announced that Meena Beyers will join its board of directors, helping further the organization’s mission of bringing economic growth and jobs to Illinois. Beyers is the vice president of business and community development for Naperville-based Nicor Gas, Illinois’ largest gas distribution company.

“Meena’s wealth of experience in the energy sector and focus on community and economic development will make her an effective leader,” said Intersect Illinois CEO Dan Deals. “Our state’s utilities are tremendous assets, and involving them in the site selection process at all levels is essential to our efforts.”

“We understand Nicor Gas’ foundational role in advancing Illinois’ clean energy goals while growing its diversified economy,” said Meena Beyers, vice president of business and economic development at Nicor Gas. “I look forward to working with the team at Intersect Illinois to support our state’s growing job market, future investments and economic development opportunities.”

In her role at Nicor Gas, Beyers oversees community and economic development, community affairs, customer solutions, energy efficiency services and strategy. She also leads corporate philanthropy, social impact initiatives to invest in communities, and partnerships to advance regional clean tech innovation and entrepreneurship. She most recently served as director of market strategy for Nicor’s parent company, Southern Company Gas. Beyers is a Leadership Greater Chicago fellow and serves on boards including the Metropolitan Planning Council and Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

“I’m pleased to welcome Meena Beyers to Intersect Illinois’ board of directors. Her experience in the public and private sectors will help us to advance our state’s economy by bringing jobs and investment for years to come,” said Intersect Illinois board chairman and Loop Capital CEO Jim Reynolds.

Intersect Illinois’ engaged board of directors helps the organization generate public good with private sector efficiency. The organization makes the case for doing business in Illinois across the country and around the world. Intersect assists companies that are considering Illinois in finding the perfect site, while also providing research and analysis to regional and local economic development organizations throughout the state.

Beyers joins board members from companies including A. Lucas & Sons, Ameren Illinois, ADM, Carle Health, ComEd, 8 Hospitality Group, Loop Capital, OSF Healthcare and Wintrust Financial.