Jerry Roper, we will miss you!
Jerry has been the CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce for the last 20 years and is now retiring.
During a recent retirement tribute to Jerry, Manilow Suites was the only small business to sponsor at the Gold Level. Throughout the years Jerry has treated us with the same caring and attention as he has the VIPs from the large corporations.
Manilow Suites has been a member of the chamber since 1986. The first Chamber golf outing I attended was cut short because of rain, so they handed out cigars to everyone! My, we have come a long way. Not too long ago Manilow Suites was the first woman-owned business to be a sponsor of the chambers golf outing.
A few years ago when I was complaining to Jerry that I couldn’t find a way to contact some executives from the large companies, he said to me, “You tell me who you want to meet and I’ll do the introductions.” I was so overwhelmed by his thoughtfulness, I never took advantage of his offer. And now the Chamber has a woman CEO, Teresa Mendel. We wish Teresa much success! Manilow Suites will support her in any way possible.