Bellwood Chamber Hires First Executive Director In 60 Years

Monday, October 29, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Robert Truman, the Bellwood Chamber of Commerce’s new executive director. | Photo submitted 

The Bellwood Chamber of Commerce recently hired an executive director — the first one in the organization’s 60-year history, according to a statement the chamber released on Oct. 29.

The chamber selected Robert Truman among a pool of candidates. He is scheduled to start Nov. 4. Truman, a tech entrepreneur, owns InfoMaple — a data analysis and visualization firm.

Christopher Parker, the chamber’s board president, said that selecting Truman is a step in the right direction for the venerable organization.

“Our chamber board has really worked hard to solidify and expand our presence in the local marketplace and we are simply now focused and ready for impact throughout the Bellwood and western region,” Parker noted in the statement.

“We realize that we have what it takes as an organization to build a stronger business region,” he said. “Our vision involves, wanting the entire business region to experience premier business resources, innovated leadership and economic growth for sustainable, livable communities.”

Parker thanked Bellwood Mayor Andre Harvey, Clerk Janel Moreland, village trustees and other civic leaders for their support and collaboration.

“We soon realized that the chamber also needed tall leadership in order to help the board accomplish its mission,” Parker said. “We found that in Mr. Robert Truman.”

Before starting his own business, Truman worked in Corporate America for 20 years. He has also worked with a range of organizations, including the statewide Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce and the Best of Proviso Township community group.

Truman’s mobile canvassing tool, EZVoters, has helped elect a range of politicians and judges to seats across Cook County, Parker said.

Truman will have a formal meet-and-greet with the entire business community at the chamber’s Semi Annual Membership Meeting and Reception, held Nov. 9 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, 200 S. Mannheim Rd., in Hillside. VFP 

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