Updated: June 18, 2012 5:13PM
New director of
marketing named for Visitors Bureau
Brent Edwards has joined the staff of the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau as director of marketing.
Edwards most recently served as executive director for the Chicago North Suburbs Convention and Visitors Bureau. Prior to his position with the North Suburbs, Edwards served as the director of marketing for the Elgin Area CVB.
“We are thrilled and excited to have Brent a part of our team,” stated Skip Strittmatter, executive director for the DuPage CVB. “His talent and skill-set are a great match for the direction the CVB is heading.”
Edwards has been in the tourism industry for seven years and, in that time, has amassed state awards and achievements. Through his career, Edwards has been associated with winning Best E-Newsletter, Best Website Design, Best Advertisement, and most recent, Best Visitors Guide in Illinois. Edwards also created a statewide niche committee under the Illinois Council of Convention & Visitor Bureaus called Market Illinois. The committee allows marketing and public relations professionals to gather in an educational format to network, learn from speakers and peers, and attract travel writers to Illinois.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to market and promote such a great destination.” stated Edwards. “This region is packed with restaurants, attractions, history, accommodations, shopping, and more.
“It’s a wonderful tapestry of things to see, explore, and promote.”
Charter One adds local mortgage
Charter One has announced the appointment of new mortgage loan officers to its Illinois mortgage team.
Michael Chlada joins Charter One as a mortgage loan officer based in Hinsdale. Chlada originates a range of mortgage loan programs, including both conventional and government loans. He has been in the mortgage business for five years. He joins Charter One from Baytree National Bank, where he was a real estate lending consultant. Chlada helps raise money for The Johnny Genna Foundation, an organization dedicated to funding medical research in pediatric liver disease, and the Chicago chapter of the Lymphoma Research Foundation. He is a resident of Westchester.
Robert Roppolo of Lockport, also joins Charter One as a Hinsdale-based mortgage loan officer.
As part of a sales team headed by Tom Schweighardt, producing sales manager, Roppolo specializes in financing for new construction. With six years of experience in the mortgage business, he most recently served as a loan officer for Assets Mutual Mortgage.