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  • Greater Peoria Business Alliance Announces Retirement of CEO Cal MaCkay

         The CEO Council, the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Peoria Business Alliance (GPBA) announced today that GPBA CEO Mr. Cal MacKay will retire on April 30, 2015.

         Beginning January 15th, Cal’s responsibilities will be divided between Jeff Griffin, current President of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce and Jim Lynch, current Executive Director of the CEO Council. Cal will be working closely with both Jeff and Jim to transition these duties over the next several months.

         Cal served as the Chief Financial Officer at Methodist Medical Center (now UnityPoint Health Methodist |Proctor) for 10 years when he retired in 2012. He came out of retirement four months later to successfully lead the reorganization of the Greater Peoria Business Alliance.

         “I am forever grateful to Cal for his leadership,” said CEFCU President and CEO Mark Spenny who served as CEO Council Board Chair when Mr. MacKay was recruited. “Cal contributed immensely to the stabilization and growth of both the CEO Council and the Chamber.”

         The CEO Council consists of 65 business CEOs and leaders who work collaboratively to implement large scale projects that strengthen our community, promote economic development, and strive to create Greater Peoria as a destination to work, live and play. Examples of some of the CEO Council’s successes include the referendum for the Peoria Riverfront Museum, the UICOMP Cancer Center and most recently the Downtown Development Corporation.

         The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce represents over 1,100 businesses and is the leading voice and resource for business in the region. It has seen its membership grow and its Young Professionals Organization lead the effort that resulted in Peoria being named an All America City in 2013. The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce board, staff and volunteers remain committed to Greater Peoria’s quality of life, workforce development, business retention, and legislative advocacy.

         “Cal has made critically important contributions to this community,” said UICOMP Regional Dean and current GPBA and CEO Council Board Chair Dr. Sara Rusch. “In addition to his work with the CEO Council and Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, Cal also serves on the Boards of the Riverfront Museum, and the WD Boyce Council of the Boy Scouts of America. His many contributions will be recognized during a farewell and recognition celebration this spring.”

         Mr. Jeff Griffin was named the President of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce on February 10, 2014. Prior to joining the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, Jeff served as President of the Wooster (Ohio) Area Chamber of Commerce for four years and was selected through a national search process. Jeff graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in Criminology and the University of Texas at Arlington with a M.S. in Social Work. Jeff’s career includes over 20 years of experience in social services and youth counseling. He worked for the Village Network in Wooster for 10 years, including three years as Regional Director. In addition, he worked as a Social Worker for Father Flanagan’s Boys Home/Girls and Boys Town in Nebraska and as a Social Worker for the Fort Worth Independent School District. Jeff and his wife, Rosy, along with three children live in Peoria.

         Mr. Jim Lynch was named the Executive Director of the CEO Council on March 24, 2014. Jim was hired in April 2012 as Vice President of Development for the former Heartland Partnership and was instrumental in the reorganization of the GPBA and the creation of the CEO Council and driving the organization’s initiatives. Jim graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. Following college, Jim worked in international sales before spending the last 14 years in the not-for-profit sector focusing on major gift fundraising and project management primarily in the healthcare and education fields. Jim, and his wife, Terry, live in Peoria with their four children.