David HedjiGail Sablick, Chairman of the Board

    Gail Sablick, owner of Wild Orchid Salon, featuring AVEDA products.  Gail has always enjoyed working in the hair and beauty industry, and was very fortunate to have had Mario Tricocci as her mentor and instructor while learning the trade.  As time change so did her career path.  Gail went into the electrical contracting industry, eventually owning and operating 2 electrical businesses, along with a modular building company.  After 25 years in the electrical field, Gail took an early retirement, which was short lived.  Gail's daughter Kim is also a cosmetologist, together they decided to open a salon.  Wild Orchid Salon is a full service Hair Salon & Spa.  What sets them apart from other salons, is they have two private suites designated for cancer and special needs clients.  Besides cutting and styling hair in these suites, the host hair shaving parties for cancer clients, sell and style wigs, provide manicures and pedicures and teach clients how to apply make-up in a private setting.  Gail is a proud member of the Darien Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, serves on  Darien Chamber Women in Business Committee and a member of the Chestnut Court Shopping Center Board.


  • James Burke, 1st Vice Chairman

    Prior to joining Edward Jones, I was a trading specialist on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.  I came to Edward Jones in 2012 because I enjoy helping individual investors work toward achieving their financial goals.  In addition, my branch office administrator, Kim Christian, is always here to help with your needs. She and I have worked together since I came to Darien to help ensure each client feels welcomed and valued.  A 1989 graduate of the University of Illinois, I hold a BA and a double major in Mathematics and Political Science.  I am proud to be a member of the Darien Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Ambassador's Committee.  Originally from the western suburbs, I have lived in Western Springs since 1995.  As a part of this community, I have a passion for coaching my kids in various sports and supporting the community.  I am also a member of St. John of the Cross Church. However, my most gratifying, and sometimes challenging, role is that of a father to three teenagers: 18, 17 and 15. My wife, Jill and I have our first, Conor, going off to college this year attending Indiana University Kelly School of Business.  Robert will be a Junior at Lyons Township and Megan will be a Freshman.  As an Edward Jones financial advisor, I believe it's important to invest my time to understand what you're working toward before you invest your money.  The financial world can sometimes seem like foreign territory; I can work one-on-one with you to determine the most appropriate financial strategy for you, your family and your business.


  • Michael Micek, 2nd Vice Chairman

  • Carol KempfCarole Kempf, Secretary

    Carole has been a resident of the Darien area for many years and has had businesses located in Westmont and in Downers Grove and an active member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  She's been a member of the Darien chamber board as well as part of the DCC Women in Business and the Ambassadors.  She works with local businesses to help them connect with each other and within the community.  With LegalShield she helps those small businesses to grow and to be protected and empowered.  LegalShield Small Business plans allow allow business owners to pick up the phone or tap the app to call their law firm and be able to speak to a business attorney about all their business related questions.

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  •  Nick Pitzer, Board of Director

    Agent owner of Nick Pitzer State Farm, Nick provides insurance and financial services throughout the local community.  Nick and his team strive to always be there for insured's when things go wrong and to be here to help life go right.  The agency focuses on Auto, Home, and Life insurance needs.  In a world that is ever-changing, the agency's mission is to ease the stress that can come with insurance by putting a premium on personalized service.  Nick and his team believe people prefer to have someone they know personally to help guide them through both good and bad times.  It is this belief that is the core of the Nick Pitzer State Farm Agency.  Prior to joining State Farm, Nick was a graduate of Bradley University with a BA in Business Administration & Management.  Nick is proud to be a member of the Darien Chamber of Commerce and to serve as a Board of Director.


  • Sosilia Reddy, Board of Director

  • John B. Bong Chiong, Board of Director


    Micheal OvermannMichael Overmann. Advisor

    Michael Overmann is an attorney who limits his law practice exclusively to estate planning and administration.  Mr. Overmann was formerly an attorney in the trust and estate settlement divisions of The Northern Trust Company, Chicago, Illinois.  He also served as staff counsel for the DuPage County Public Guardian's Office.  He has written articles and taught continuing education courses on trusts and estate law for attorneys and other professionals.  Michael lives in Darien and was President and Director for the Darien Chamber of Commerce.  Michael also serves as a member of the Board of Education for Darien District 61 and volunteers regularly with the Darien Lions Club and other civic organizations.



    Corrine GaniecCorrine Ganiec,  Past Chair

    Get connected with Corrine Ganiec at First Merchants Bank.  Corrine is the local Darien banker that understands the needs of business and residents in the community.  Corrine has over 40 years in banking experience, and applie  her knowledge to provide dependable and comprehensive financial advice.  Corrine is very active in the Darien Chamber of Commerce as a Board Advisor and Ambassador.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends.