• Committees

  • The Carbondale Chamber works through the efforts of three standing committees. Membership on any committee is open to any Chamber member. (Prior to attending a meeting, please call the Chamber office to confirm the meeting time and place.)

    Carbondale Young Professionals

    Board Representative: Justin Zurlinden, Realty Central

    Chair: Nic Skovgaard, Alter Ego Marketing

    Meets: Time and location varies. Check the Chamber calendar for events

    Focus: Bringing together young professionals from across the Southern Illinois region to grow personally and professionally through a variety of activities and events, including:

    • Networking
    • Professional Development
    • Personal Growth
    • Community Service


    Membership in CYP is open to any young professional in Southern Illinois whether or not the individual's organization is a Carbondale Chamber member. Individual dues are payable annually. For more on this committee, visit the CYP page.


    Ambassadors Committee

    Board Representative: Jim Jacobs, Jacobs Air Conditioning and Heating

    Chair: Todd Darnstaedt, Today's Technology

    Meets: Noon, Second Tuesday of the Month at the Chamber Office

    Focus: Promoting Chamber member participation, Recruitment and Retention of members, Planning and implementation of special events such as:

    • Ribbon Cuttings
    • Open Houses/Grand Openings/Anniversary Celebrations
    • Business After Hours Gatherings


    Saluki Pride Committee

    Board Representative: Darren Berger, The Bank of Carbondale

    Chair: Michael Lewallen, Regions Bank

    Meets: Noon, First Thursday of the Month at the Chamber Office

    Focus:  The purpose of the Saluki Pride committee is to present a positive image of SIU Carbondale, to foster a close relationship between the University and the business community and to aid in the recruitment and retention of students.

    • SIU Open Houses/Orientation and Week of welcome
    • Saluki Athletics
    • Saluki Stay Scholarships
    • Homecoming and University Events
    • Paw Prints

    Government Affairs Committee

    Board Representative/Chair: Ted Gutierrez, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

    Meets: Noon, First Thursday of every other Month at the Chamber Office

    Focus: Advocacy at the state - local and federal levels, Gather member opinions through surveys and polls, Strengthen business-government relations, Candidate Forums. Most recently, the committee spearheaded successful efforts to modify the Carbondale City Codes regarding signange and banners to better serve area businesses.

    Resources: Carbondale Chamber members have access to governmental affairs programs of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. For the latest Illinois Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Report, click here.