RUSH COPLEY MEDICAL CENTER
Vice Chairman of the Sugar Grove EDC Board
Patrick Bilskey D.O. was born and raised in the western Chicago suburbs. He attended Illinois State University where he was a Biology major. He received his medical degree in 1998 from Midwestern University in Downers Grove Illinois. He completed his Residency in Family Medicine at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora Illinois in 2001 where he also served as Chief Resident. He has been on staff at Rush Copley Medical Center since that time serving as medical director for Rush Copley emergency room Express Care from 2002-2008, medical director of Rush Copley Convenient Care and Occupational medicine in Yorkville Illinois from 2008-2013 and current medical director for Rush Copley Medical Group Convenient Care in Sugar Grove. He is a long term resident of Sugar Grove having lived in the community since 1991. He has been involved with the EDC board of directors since 2014.
Rush is an academic health system whose mission is to improve the health of the patients and the diverse communities it serves with nationally recognized health care, education, research and a commitment to community partnerships. The Rush system comprises Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Copley Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital, as well as numerous outpatient care facilities. Rush University, with more than 2,500 students, is a health sciences university that comprises Rush Medical College, the College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences and the Graduate College.
ENGINEERING ENTERPRISES, INC
Secretary of the Sugar Grove EDC Board
Dave Burroughs` has been with Engineering Enterprises, Inc. (EEI) since 1993. His career in civil engineering began in 1981, during which time his responsibilities have included providing planning, design and construction services for water works system, transportation and wastewater system projects in Northern Illinois.
Currently he is responsible for project management of work involving the infrastructure of municipal projects and the site development of commercial, industrial and residential projects. He has extensive engineering and management experience in the private sector in land development, subdivisions and contract administration.
David began his career in civil engineering as a volunteer with the Peace Corps, providing rural development project design and construction in the country of Thailand. He is an active member of the American Public Works Association (APWA). He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville, Wisconsin.
Engineering Enterprises, Inc. (EEI), founded in 1974, is an award winning consulting engineering firm providing planning, design and construction services in northeastern Illinois, plus grant and funding assistance. Over 40 experienced firm members including licensed professional civil engineers and land surveyors, LEED Accredited Professionals, and support team members.
Our expertise includes transportation, water, wastewater, construction management, land surveying, stormwater and floodplain management, GIS and mapping.
EEI moved to our present facility within the Village of Sugar Grove in 1994. The decision to move our office location from Elburn, Illinois to Sugar Grove, Illinois was to provide easier access to us for our existing clients as well as new clients. A key factor in making this decision was because Sugar Grove is accessible by Interstate 88, US Route 30, Illinois Route 47 and Illinois Route 56. Our office is conveniently located on Wheeler Road which is west of Illinois Route 47 at the intersection of Bliss Road/Wheeler Road and Illinois Route 47. We are proud to say that we have served as the Village Engineer for the Village of Sugar Grove for the past 24 years. We are more than just your Village Engineer, we are a part of your community!
FIRST NATIONAL BANK
Sr. Advisor Commercial Banking – Treasurer of the Sugar Grove EDC Board
Phil Haugen has over 30 years of experience in banking, the last 20 of which were spent assisting commercial clients looking to find financial solutions to solve issues related to facilities, equipment, cash management, and business protection. Besides business needs, owners need personal financial solutions for estate planning, retirement, and their own unique personal financial circumstances. First National Bank, where he has worked for the past 18 years, has the expertise and portfolio of products available to meet today’s corporate and personal financial challenges. Working with corporate owners and companies of all sizes and industries, he can craft a solution that is tailored to you.
First National Bank is a 6th generation family owned bank. It and its holding company First National of Nebraska Inc. are recognized as the largest privately held bank group in the United States. First National and its affiliates have over $20 billion in managed assets. Since 1857 First National Bank has committed itself to doing what’s right for its customers and the communities it serves to forge strong customer relationships. The bank operates in 7 states throughout the Midwest including operating 14 branches in northern Illinois. The combination of its size with its ownership structure allows the bank to combine large bank capabilities in cash management, lending, credit cards, global banking, capital markets and wealth management, with community bank values. It offers customers the availability of today’s technology. Independent private ownership enables First National to make long term investments in facilities, processing technology, and infrastructure rather than managing from quarter to quarter to satisfy Wall Street analysts. Those attributes, along with strong capital, experienced local bankers, and high standards, enable us to provide financial solutions for Sugar Grove businesses and their employees.
WAUBONSEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Gary A. Kecskés
Gary A. Kecskés was educated as an architect at Lawrence Technological University. He holds three degrees in architecture and urban design and is the recipient of several scholar awards. He also earned certification in the Management of Lifelong Education through the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. His experience spans more than 30 years of service in academia. Since 2012, Mr. Kecskés has held the position of Assistant Vice President of Workforce Solutions and Community Learning at Waubonsee Community College. The deans of Workforce Development, Adult Education, and Community Education report to him, as well as more than 50 people working in the three noncredit divisions of the college.
Creates Value in the Community through an Extensive Portfolio of Services and Resources
“America’s community colleges play a key role in helping students increase their employability and achieve their individual potential. However, the contribution of community colleges consist of more than just influencing the lives of students. The colleges serve a range of industries in the U.S. and supply businesses with skilled workers. Society, as a whole, benefits from an expanded economy and improved quality of life. The benefits created by community colleges extend as far as the national treasury, in the form of increased tax revenues and public sector savings.” *1
Waubonsee Community College understands and values the importance of economic development in each of the communities that we serve. Our degree program offerings and customized Workforce Development training supports a wide range of industry sectors throughout the community. Our services include pre-employment assessment, employee on-boarding, career readiness, and employee development through degree attainment or customized training that even supports just-in-time needs of the workforce. We are specialists in supplying employers with the skilled workers they need to make businesses more productive.
To support business attraction, retention, and growth of the region, Waubonsee Community College representatives are members of many of the area’s economic development organizations and each of our area’s 14 chambers of commerce, as well as working in close contact with our local Workforce Development Board. We are fully engaged in supporting the vitality of the communities within our district.
The goal of linking workforce development to economic development is achieved by helping people acquire the education and skills needed in the marketplace; helping employers grow their workforce through skill attainment and professional development of their employees; and in the process supporting the continuous learning needs of the communities that we serve. At Waubonsee, we have married that mandate to our mission. We are here to serve our communities – after all, our middle name is Community!
To learn more about economic development or the economic impact that we have on our communities, contact our Workforce Solutions and Community Education Unit for further information at 630.466.2403.
VILLAGE OF SUGAR GROVE
Chairman of the Sugar Grove EDC Board
Sean Michels has been Sugar Grove Village President since May of 2001. He served on the Village Public Works Committee prior to being appointed to fill the remainder of a Village Board vacancy in 1995. He served on the Village Finance Committee from 1996 to 1997, until elected to the Village Board as Trustee in 1997. As a member of the Village Board since 1997 Sean has worked with the Board to update the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, the Zoning Ordinance and the Route 47 Development Standards, and hopes to continue to see these tools used to aide Sugar Grove’s controlled growth and high quality development.
Sean is a graduate of Waubonsee Community College, and Illinois State University, with a B. S. in Finance. Sean also holds an MBA from Aurora University. Sean’s professional career has included experience as an Executive Loan Officer at Old Second Bank. He is currently employed as a Construction Foreman at McCue Builders. Sean is a lifelong resident of the Sugar Grove area and is active in community activities, including the Sugar Grove Park District as a softball and soccer coach. He and his wife, Valerie, have four children.
The mission of the Village of Sugar Grove is to provide a safe, comfortable environment for all its citizens. The Village of Sugar Grove shall provide efficient and effective government services in a fiscally responsible and courteous manner. While committed to this professional level of service, the Village must weigh each individual’s needs against community standards and resources, to determine what is in the best interest of all its citizens.
RICH HARVEST FARMS
Keith Rich is the General Manager of Rich Harvest Farms, an award-winning golf course that offers distinguished facilities in a luxurious and ultra-private setting. Beginning with a single hole and an idea over 25 years ago, the golf course has evolved into what it is today—one of the most exclusive clubs in the country. The 18-hole course was completed in 1998, where it ranked as the 5th Best New Private Golf Course by Golf Digest. Just three years later, Rich Harvest Farms made Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses, where it remains to this day. It has played host to a variety of prestigious tournaments since its inception, including the LPGA’s 2009 Solheim Cup, the 2015 Palmer Cup, and the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships.
A graduate of Eastern Illinois University, Keith ran his own company, ISR Inc., with offices across the country for nearly 20 years. He built intelligent estates for Fortune 500 companies’ presidents and CEOs, where he tied all electronic subsystems (i.e. lighting, heating/cooling, security systems, gates) together for easy maintainability. Keith was able to bring all of those experience to his current position as General Manager, where he manages and oversees all aspects of Rich Harvest Farms, including estate grounds, golf course grounds, golf course operations, membership services, hospitality, estate construction, and more.
To find out more about Rich Harvest Farms and the tournaments hosted on the course, please visit http://www.richharvestfarms.
AIRPORT GROVE INDUSTRIAL PARK LTD
Executive for the Industrial Park
For the past 13 years I have worked in the commercial real estate industry, assisting clients with financing options for their buildings and developments. I’m hoping my experience in real estate will help lead to great new opportunities for Sugar Grove and its residents!
Airport Grove is a land owner in Sugar Grove dedicated to bringing new development projects to the Village that will provide long-term benefits in the community. The most recent project was Sugar Grove Senior Living, a 60-unit apartment building for residents 55 years and older. Through planning and communication with the Village and development community, Airport Grove continues to pursue new opportunities for development that will bring new jobs, residential housing, commercial developments, and capital investment into Sugar Grove. We look forward to new projects coming to the Village in the near future.