Cheri Sisson, the executive director of the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2008 and only the second director in the organization's history, will retire Jan. 3.
Sisson joined the chamber in 2008, when many similar organizations were dissolving amid the economic recession. Her first task was to redefine the chamber's mission to ensure that every event and outreach opportunity provided value for its members.
Sisson's mantra to each member business was, "When you hit that wall and start stressing over finding that next customer, call me and we'll find them together."
"Cheri Sisson is a consummate professional," said Keith Evans, chairman of the chamber's board of directors. "She is equally at ease with our biggest corporate member as she is with our smallest businesses. Cheri shepherded the chamber through a very tough economic period, and we are now stronger than ever."
Evans thanked Sisson for announcing her decision to step down well in advance, allowing the board to work with her on a "well-planned transition period that will launch the chamber's next chapter of strong advocacy for business in Hoffman Estates."
A news release announcing Sisson's retirement said she looks forward to enjoying life with her two favorite buddies: Gracie and Riley, her cherished corgis.
A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Sisson moved to Hoffman Estates in 1996, where she worked hospitality industry before joining the chamber in 2009. She was on the opening team for the Hampton Inn and Suites in Hoffman Estates in 1997, and served as business travel manager for the Hilton Garden Inn in 2003.
The Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce and Industry was incorporated in 1990 to promote and advocate for the interests of the Hoffman Estates business community. For more information, visit hechamber.com.