2018-2019 Committee Chairs

Membership Chair

Sid Bala
President & CEO


The Membership Committee is comprised of approximately 85 members serving on ten subcommittees and is responsible for screening all candidates that members submit for consideration.

Reception Chair

Tarrah Cooper
Rise Strategy Group


The Reception Committee meets, greets and assists ECC members and guests at Club meetings. Approximately 80 committee members serve as hosts or hostesses and are responsible for the smooth functioning of meetings by promoting hospitality and punctuality.

Young Leaders Chair

Andy Crestodina
Co-Founder & CMO
Orbit Media Studios


The Young Leaders Committee plans quarterly Young Leadership Forums, which provide an opportunity for ECC members 45 years and younger to meet with senior leaders of the community to learn about their business and civic leadership experiences.

Finance Chair

James P. Kolar
Central Market Managing Partner
PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP


The Finance Committee provides oversight of ECC’s financial management to determine operational viability and financial sustainability.

Communications Chair

Don McNeill
Executive Chairman, Board of Directors
Digital Kitchen


The Communications Committee is an ad-hoc, advisory committee whose role is to provide oversight as the Club develops and implements a holistic communications strategy. Includes brand management, enhancing member communications, and identifying new communications initiatives to support the Club’s Strategic Plan and mission. 

Questions Chair

John Pintozzi
Senior Vice President & CFO
Allstate Investments, LLC


The Questions Committee is comprised of both standing and ad hoc members who meet before Club meetings to formulate thoughtful and provocative questions to be asked of speakers.

Forums Chair

David Snyder
Chief Operating Officer
Chicago CRED


The Forums Committee plans three forum meetings, which are subject-driven programs often featuring a panel of speakers, and ECC's annual Fifth Night, which celebrates a cultural or educational institution in Chicago.

Programs Chair

Reeve B. Waud
Founder & Managing Partner
Waud Capital Partners, LLC


The Program Committee secures the speakers for ECC's four black-tie dinner meetings. Occasionally, the Program Committee will convene special meetings for members when notable or timely opportunities arise.