The Small Business Advocacy Council said that Scott Baskin, former President and CEO of Mark Shale retail chain, is joining the organization as CEO.
"Scott is committed to the mission of the SBAC and his contributions as part of the executive board of directors were invaluable," said SBAC founder and president, Elliot Richardson. "In his new capacity as CEO, his decades of successful business and nonprofit experience, and his leadership skills will be critical as our organization continues to grow in size and effectiveness."
Baskin retired as president and CEO of Mark Shale in 2011. Mark Shale was Chicago's largest independent clothing retailer with stores in Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Kansas City and St. Louis. Prior to his business career, Scott served as chief legislative assistant to the late congressman Abner Mikva.
In addition to his professional experience, Scott is an engaged community leader. He is a board member of Uptown United, an economic development organization serving Chicago's Uptown neighborhood. He was an elected member of the Northside College Prep High School Local Council and chair of its finance committee, and past treasurer of the Center for Law and Social Work. He is a graduate of Vassar College and Northwestern University School of Law.
The SBAC is a nonpartisan, member driven, organization that empowers small business through advocacy, networking, educational programs and cost-saving exclusive benefits.