The River North Business Association Starts Search for New Executive Director

The River North Business Association Starts Search for New Executive Director

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The RNBA is searching for a leader to support the growth and development of one of Chicago’s most visited neighborhoods.


For Immediate Release


The River North Business Association (RNBA), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Chicago’s River North neighborhood as unique place to shop, dine, dance, and stay, is searching for the neighborhood’s next cultural champion and business leader. Sharon Romack stepped down as the organization’s Executive Director in September 2017 to pursue a new opportunity.


Romack was Executive Director of the RNBA for more than nine years and oversaw the neighborhood’s transformation from an art gallery district to a vibrant community that also attracts the nation’s best chefs, award winning hotels, and world class technologies companies. During her tenure as executive director, Romack combined her business acumen and savvy relationship skills to grow the RNBA’s membership by more than 30 percent, triple event attendance, and launch several new events to promote the member restaurants and hotels. 

“Sharon Romack was a cultural ambassador for the neighborhood and our members will miss her warm personality and passion for the area,” said Tara Fedorko, President of the RNBA. “To continue the RNBA’s mission, we’re looking for candidates who will strengthen our long-term vision, enhance our member benefits, and create new strategic relationships with city officials and potential members.”

This position is a unique opportunity to create a lasting impact one of Chicago’s most heavily visited neighborhoods. The new executive director will need to leverage their relationships to grow the organization and support an atmosphere that is attractive to new residents, emerging start-ups, and large corporations. The association frequently helps businesses transitioning downtown by facilitating opportunities to explore the area and to increase their employees’ comfort with the neighborhood.

As an advocate for RNBA’s members, the executive director needs to be a selfless leader with a strong voice as the position requires frequent collaboration with the Chambers of Commerce, the River North Residents Association, and government officials.

For more information or to apply for the Executive Director position, download the job description here.  


About the River North Business Association: The River North Business Association (RNBA) is a Chicago-based, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the neighborhood’s quality of life and promoting the area as unique place to explore, shop, dine, dance, and stay. The association brings together more than 300 business for educational workshops, networking events, and business expos throughout the year. Founded in 1981 by real estate developer Albert Friedman, the RNBA is an advocate for member interests, helps resolve problems, and carries a strong voice in official circles.

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On: October 06, 2017