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Retired Huntley fire chief to speak to Women in Management

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Submitted by Women in Management Fox Valley

Women in Management Fox Valley welcomes recently retired Huntley Fire Chief Jim Saletta, as part of the "Conversations Series" on Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Elgin Country Club, 2575 Weld Road, Elgin.

Networking begins at 11:30 a.m., with the luncheon and program at noon. Meetings adjourn promptly at 1:30 p.m. Cost for members is $20 and $25 for nonmembers. Reservations must be made no later than Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at 8 a.m. online at www.wimonline.org.

Saletta is recently retired fire chief for the Huntley Fire Protection District, where he has served the past 11 years. He previously served with the Elgin Fire Department for 22 years retiring from that organization as deputy chief in 2001. He has been a member of the Illinois Fire Chief's Association since 1990.

Saletta has a bachelor of arts degree from Northern Illinois University and received his Executive Fire Officer certification from the National Fire Academy in February 2001.

He also received accreditation as a chief fire officer on July 22, 2004. During his tenure as chief, he successfully passed a residential fire sprinkler ordinance for the village of Huntley, he improved the ISO rating for the district, and he developed a comprehensive strategic plan and vision statement to guide the expansion of fire services in his rapidly growing community. In 2009, the Huntley Fire Protection District was awarded accreditation by the Commission for Fire Accreditation International.

Saletta is a past president of the McHenry County Chief's Association, and previously served on the Illinois Fire Chief's Association board of directors for two years as an area representative. He is the current president of the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance. Previously he served as a fire science instructor at Elgin Community College for 13 years and currently is on staff with the Fire Science program at McHenry Community College. Saletta was also certified EMT-paramedic for 30 years.

This year's WIM theme for its "Conversation Series" is "Do Well But Also Do Good."

"This focus is attributable to Dr. Minor Myers, the president of my college alma mater, Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington," said Barbara M. White, WIM president. "Dr. Myers coined the phrase in a commencement speech. It is available on YouTube and has appeared on greeting cards. Sadly, he passed away unexpectedly of lung cancer in 2003 at age 60. He was beloved and always had time for students."

Women in Management Fox Valley was founded in 1984. Members are comprised of professionals in six categories: academic; corporate; entrepreneur; government; licensed, degreed professional; and nonprofit. Area women managers/business owners are invited to join.

For information, visit www.wimonline.org.

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