BOLINGBROOK -- The Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors has selected Michael J. Carpanzano to become the new president & CEO, effective March 11.
Carpanzano, 26, worked for MB Financial Bank, N.A. for the past eight years and moved from an entry level position of customer service associate in May of 2005 to assistant vice president/banking center manager since 2008. He simultaneously attended the University of St. Francis in Joliet where he was awarded his bachelor of arts degree in business administration in May 2008, with a management major and economics minor. In December 2012, he earned his Master’s Degree in business administration.
He has been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Bolingbrook and Romeoville since 2009, currently serving as chapter president. Prior to his presidency, he served as treasurer of the organization. Carpanzano is an active member of the Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce, serving in a variety of positions including chair of the professional development committee and Young Professionals Association,among others. He is also an advisory board member for Rasmussen College’s School of Business in Romeoville.
Additionally, he has held leadership roles or served as an active member of the following organizations: Romeoville Area Chamber of Commerce, Bolingbrook/Romeoville Character Counts Coalition, Lemont Area Chamber of Commerce, March of Dimes, DuPage County Area Project (DuCAP), and Heart Haven Outreach, an organization dedicated to mentoring high school age youth through support groups, character and life skills education, service opportunities, and recreation.
Carpanzano has received numerous accolades including the “Presidents Award for Outstanding Community Service”, Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce, March 2012; “Kiwanian of the Year”, Kiwanis Club of Bolingbrook & Romeoville, October 2012; ”Community Service Award”, Lemont Girl Scouts, June 2012; and “Character Counts Award”, Bolingbrook/Romeoville Character Counts Coalition, October 2012.
“Chambers across the country have a defining role in how business is done locally and regionally,” said Carpanzano.
“Being a center of influence for business owners, community leaders, and elected officials is an important component a being a strong chamber executive,” he added. “I look forward to working with the chamber board, staff, and members to enhance the principles previously set forth regarding commerce and pro-business legislative advocacy in Bolingbrook.”
The appointment came after the chamber's board concluded an extensive search, selection process, and deliberations among directors and select business leaders in the community.
“We selected a leader who has achieved personal success, but also has an outstanding reputation in the Bolingbrook community and who has been an integral participant in the success of many local businesses, events and organizations in Bolingbrook”, said Tom Castagnoli,general manager of The Promenade Bolingbrook and chairman of the Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors.