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Joseph B. Henning, IOM, ACE, CAE, President & CEO

Joseph B. Henning

Joe was named Chief Executive Officer in August 2005. An Aurora resident, he believes the community has a great deal to offer its businesses and residents. Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a master’s degree focusing on organizational development from Northern Illinois University as well as a certificate in not-for-profit management from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

He has completed the Basic Economic Development Course through Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Joe earned his Institute for Organizational Management (IOM) designation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2009 at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently serves as chair on that program's Board of Regents.

In 2010, he received his Accredited Chamber Executive designation from the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. Joe has served as the chair of the board of directors for the IACCE in 2012. In 2012, he successfully sat for and received his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from The ASAE-The Center for Association Leadership.

In 2014, Joe was recognized by the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives with the Brann Award. The award recognizes the long-term professional career achievements and exemplary performance and leadership of an Illinois chamber executive within their local chamber, community, and to the chamber profession.

In addition to serving on a number of boards and committees throughout the Aurora,region, Joe serves on the River Valley Workforce Investment Board and has been appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn to serve on the Illinois 21st Century Workforce Development Fund Advisory Committee.

His background includes business development, marketing, strategic planning and organizational development for a number of industries including health care, entertainment and education. In 2007, Joe led the Aurora Chamber to achieve its first accreditation through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with four-star distinction. In 2012, he led the re-accreditation effort and successfully achieved five-star distinction; only one percent of chambers in the nation have achieved that distinction.

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