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Mandel ready to take next step

LISLE – One Lisle resident’s dedication to giving back to the community now will continue at a government level. 

Bob Mandel was unanimously appointed and sworn onto the Lisle Village Board on July 15. Mandel, a resident of Lisle for 20 years, said he is looking forward to serving Lisle residents in a greater capacity. 

“I love Lisle and wanted to give back to the community,” Mandel said of why he applied for the position. 

A village trustee position opened when former trustee Ed Young resigned to serve as a trustee on the Lisle Township Board of Trustees, according to a village news release. Mandel’s term will continue through April 2015, the release states. 

Mandel, a chief financial officer for OptionMonster Holdings, Inc., has been involved in the community through organizations, events and nonprofit boards and committees.

For the past seven years, he has worked with village departments through his involvement with Lisle Teens with Character, he said. LTWC is a youth and adult partnership that promotes character development through service projects in Lisle and surrounding communities.

“Everyone in these departments has been extremely pleasant, helpful and supportive of LTWC, and it is evident that they are all great people who love Lisle,” Mandel said. 

Mandel also has volunteered for the Misericordia Heart of Mercy, which serves more than 600 adults and children with mild to profound developmental disabilities.

Mandel is a member of the Trinet Acquisition Corp Advisory Board and the Knights of Columbus. He also is an usher at Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Lisle. 

Community events that Mandel has been involved with include Lisle Eyes to the Skies, the Scarecrow Scramble 5K Run and Walk, Memorial Day and Fourth of July parades and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. 

“I have always enjoyed community service and working with others to make our community a better place to live,” Mandel said. “I believe we all have a responsibility to give back to our community, as well as help others less fortunate in any capacity we can.” 

Mandel said his business expertise, ability to work with people of different functional backgrounds and high moral character are strengths he will bring to the village board.

As a member, he would like to continue to address issues of recent flooding and economic development. He would like to maintain and attract new retail business, but focus on businesses that help bring families together in addition to offering unique shopping and dining experiences.  

“We should work to continue to grow and expand Lisle in a thoughtful and planned process while maintaining its small-town feel for its residents and visitors,” Mandel said. “My vision is to continue to make our village one of the best places to live and work in the Chicagoland area.”

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