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Meet Six New Directors Elected to AICC Chicago Board

At the February 13, 2015 Annual Meeting of the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce Chicago members elected six new Directors to the Board. Please join is in welcoming them to our leadership:

Barak Gilor

Barak Gilor is an Israeli expatriate living in Chicago. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Loyola University Chicago in 2012. After working as a manager at a major real estate auction buyer in Illinois, he founded his own company, Hadar Investment Group. Hadar focuses on real estate: foreclosure, short sales, and management of apartment buildings.

Barak also serves as the President of the Chicago Chapter of Club 1948. Club 1948 is an independent organization that connects Israelis and Americans to the State of Israel via Israel-themed social, cultural and educational events fostering passion for the soul, spirit and people of Israel.

Tal Izraeli

Tal Izraeli is a member of Levenfeld Pearlstein's Real Estate Group, representing investors, developers, borrowers, and lenders in connection with commercial real estate matters, including acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, real estate financing and mezzanine financing.  Tal regularly represents clients in connection with drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, loan documents, leases, investment entity structuring, and the sellers and buyers of distressed real estate loans.

Tal is an Israeli-American and lived in Israel for 7 years. Most of his extended family is there and he returns to Israel frequently. A long-time member, Tal was very active with the AICC at his prior firm, which hosted several AICC events. He plans on continuing with this activity at his new firm, which has a long history of active support of the AICC and its programs.

Martin Kanter

Martin is a CPA/Tax & Business Consultant with Schechter Dokken Kanter CPAs, located in Minneapolis, MN. He has over 45 years’ experience, including being a partner/principal with two international accounting firms before forming his own firm. Martin’s practice has included advising many high-tech startups, some of which with Israeli connections. Among his current clients is a business incubator which also has Israeli connections. 

Martin travels to Israel frequently for business and charitable purposes and has served as a Board member, officer, and Chairman of numerous organizations. He is the former President of the American Technion Society (ATS) chapter in Minneapolis, and currently serves as a member of the Planned Giving Committees of the Chicago Chapter of the ATS, and the National Planned Giving Committee of American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Glenn Kass

Glenn Kass has nearly 25 years of marketing, sales, event and public relations experience. He currently owns Catch Driver Marketing & Communications, LLC in Moline, IL. The firm assists small and medium-size businesses with project-based assistance that attempts to add to entrepreneur’s bottom line. Among his clients is the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities overseeing program management.

A native of the East Coast, Glenn has worked in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. He spent six years in professional sports administration with four minor league clubs and was also a journalist. Glenn also has past experience in the wireless industry and as a marketing and promotions specialist for a downtown merchant district based on concepts forwarded by the National Main Street Historic Trust. Glenn has championed AICC programs in Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa, coordinating seminars in export promotion and agricultural synergies with Israel; and an AICC informational evening with Q&A, opening the door to new audiences and industry sectors.

Rick Kruger

Rick Kruger is Midwest Director for American Friends of Tel Aviv University (AFTAU). He is the first person to hold that position in our region. Previously Rick served as Director of the Chicago Region for the Jewish National Fund (JNF). While at JNF, he worked closely with leadership to raise the profile of the organization, strengthen the board, and set new records for the annual campaign. Previously, he spent 14 years as a marketing consultant, primarily in the food, automotive aftermarket, and travel industries. He began his marketing career at Procter & Gamble, and rose through the ranks at companies including Sterling Drug, Beatrice Esmark, and Hinckley and Schmitt.

He serves/has served on the regional boards of ADL and the Union for Reform Judaism, the board of North Shore Congregation Israel and on the Museum and Education Committee of the Illinois Holocaust Museum. Mr. Kruger also served many years as the Regional President of the Men of Reform Judaism. Rick has been an active contributor of speakers and program partnerships through his tenures at AFTAU and the JNF. 

Fred Tannenbaum

Fred Tannenbaum is a Managing Partner at Gould & Ratner. He is recognized by the Illinois Venture Capital Association as a leading expert on private equity and venture capital, by a national bar association organization as a leading authority on mergers and acquisitions, and by The New York Times, Reuters and Crain's Chicago Business as a top expert on family-owned businesses. Fred has been consistently recognized as an Illinois SuperLawyer for many years, an honor conferred on only five percent of Illinois lawyers, and an Illinois Leading Lawyer in Business Law for several years by the Leading Lawyers Network.

Fred has represented more than 250 middle market businesses, private equity or venture capital funds, sophisticated entrepreneurs, wealthy family businesses, and senior key executives in more than 500 mergers/acquisitions/divestitures/strategic alliance transactions and more than 250 venture capital transactions. Fred formed Acorns to Oaks, a group of lawyers, business people, and investors who travel to Israel looking for hot tech startups looking to expand into the U.S.

In other leadership news, former AICC Presidents Bruce Fox and Milton Levenfeld were elected to the Advisory Board. Retiring from Board after many years of service are Myron Martin, Israel Raz, Daniel Stern, Elizabeth Walder.  We look forward to their continued involvement.

The Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee members are Michael Traison (Chair), Hon. Yariv Becher, Howard Bernstein, Leonard Ferber, Mark Gaines, Stephen Levin, and Daniel Sabol.

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