The interim executive director of the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce and Industry will now be the new president and CEO of the organization, according to a chamber news release.
The chamber Board of Directors recently announced the appointment of Suzi Wirtz, effective immediately.
"The board is very excited to welcome Suzi to this position," board Chairwoman and Little People’s Country Academy of Arts & Education owner Cindy Perkins said in the release. "She served as interim executive director for the majority of 2017 and, after considering several candidates, we are confident that this strategic decision will help lead the organization toward its vision for the future."
During the past year, the board evaluated the role and title of executive director, current staffing structure and the current needs of the organization, the release stated.
Wirtz was hired in August 2016 as the chamber’s director of marketing and events, before accepting the interim executive director position in March 2017. Prior to this, she was executive director for the LG Celtics Soccer Club for three years. Previously, she was vice president of marketing and communications for The Learning Studio, and she has held a number of high- level, senior staff positions at the Association Forum of Chicagoland and Women’s Council of Realtors, according to the release.
Wirtz’s background is rooted in nonprofit management for more than 20 years. She earned the certified association executive designation and the Institute of Organizational Management certificate in 2003, the release stated. She has spoken and written for a variety of groups including the Western Springs Rotary Club, American Society of Association Executives, Indiana Society of Association Executives and others.
Wirtz holds a master’s degree in English from DePaul University and a bachelor’s degree from Loras College, double-majoring in marketing and English, according to the release.
"I’ve met with many of the Chamber’s past and present leaders and municipalities, and I’m so inspired by their strong connections to and dedication to the Chamber and its success," Wirtz said in the release. "Collaborating and working together makes sense and strengthens the membership by being able to work on regional marketing strategies, new engagement opportunities and economic development for the greater good."