The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association would like to formally invite you to a luncheon centered on pro-business growth and international trade. We are delighted to have the following speakers:
Chairman of the Export-Import Bank, Fred Hochberg
Congressman Randy Hultgren
Mark Denzler, Vice President & COO of Illinois Manufacturers’ Association
Fred P. Hochberg is Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) and one of the highest ranking business leaders in the Obama Administration.
During his six years of leadership, Ex-Im Bank has supported more than 1.3 million American jobs and financed exports with a value exceeding $200 billion, while generating more than $2 billion in surplus revenue for U.S. taxpayers and reducing internal costs by 15 percent. During Hochberg’s tenure, the Bank has increased its focus on customers, particularly America’s small business exporters, and in each of the last several years, nearly 90 percent of Ex-Im Bank authorizations have directly supported small businesses.
Hochberg has also worked to expand the global footprint of key domestic industries in which U.S. exporters have a comparative advantage, such as renewable energy, space technology, construction and farm machinery, medical technology, agriculture, and avionics. In addition, he has streamlined processes, dramatically cut transaction times, and introduced innovative new financial products to better equip U.S. companies to win sales in an increasingly competitive global economy.
From 2004 to 2008, Hochberg was dean of the Milano School of Management and Urban Policy at The New School in New York City. From 1998 through 2001, he served as deputy, and then acting Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), where he helped quadruple lending to minority- and women-owned small businesses.
Prior to his service at SBA, Hochberg was the long-time President and Chief Operating Officer of the Lillian Vernon Corporation, where he led the transformation of a small, family-owned mail order company into an international, publicly traded direct marketing corporation.
Hochberg is a past board member of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Citizens Budget Commission, and FINCA International Micro Finance. He has served as co-Chair of the Human Rights Campaign, and is a founder of the David Bohnett LGBT Leadership Fellows Scholarship at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He was also an appointed representative to the New York State Financial Control Board.
A native of the greater New York metropolitan area, Hochberg received his undergraduate degree from New York University and his MBA from Columbia University. Hochberg’s partner is writer Tom Healy.
Congressman Randy Hultgren, Representing Illinois’ 14th Congressional District
Born and raised in Illinois, and having spent more than 15 years serving Illinois and its citzens at multiple levels of government, Congressman Randy Hutlgren represents the state's 14th Congressional District. The district is comprised of seven suburban counties including McHenry, Lake, Kendall, Kane, DuPage, DeKalb and Will.
In Washington, Congressman Hultgren has committed himself to working for fiscal sanity, real healthcare reform, and pro-growth policies that will put Americans back to work. In the current 114th Congress, Randy serves on the Financial Services and Science, Space & Technology Committees.
Randy was elected to the DuPage County Board and County Forest Preserve Board in 1994, to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1999, and to the Illinois Senate in 2007. At every level, he has fought for prosperity and free enterprise and for smaller, smarter government.
Randy served on the Financial Institutions Committees in the Illinois House and Senate and is credentialed in FINRA Series 7, 6 and 63. He later became a Vice President at Performance Trust Investment Advisors in Chicago.
Randy was born March 1, 1966 in Park Ridge, Illinois. He graduated from Bethel College in 1988 and later attended Chicago-Kent College of Law, graduating in 1993. He currently resides in Plano with his wife, Christy, and four children.
Mark Denzler, Vice President & COO, Illinois Manufacturers’ Association
Mark is Vice President & COO of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association. The IMA is the oldest and one of the largest state manufacturing trade associations in the United States representing nearly 4,000 companies and facilities. From 2003-2006, Mark oversaw government affairs in Illinois for State Farm Insurance, a Fortune 50 company headquartered in Bloomington. He focused on a number of issues including insurance, education, taxes and fees, and auto safety legislation. Prior to joining State Farm, Mark worked at the IMA as director of government affairs from 1999-2003 where he concentrated on tax, environmental and educational issues. Mark previously worked as a legislative analyst for the House Republican Leader where he staffed the education and transportation committees including serving as liaison to Governor Edgar’s Eikenberry Commission on education funding. In addition, Mark worked on a number of elections across Illinois while an employee of the House Republican Campaign Committee. Mark also spent a brief time on the Washington D.C. staff of Congressman Tom Ewing.