Government Affairs and Transportation Committee

The Government Affairs and Transportation Committee monitors legislative activity at all levels (local, state, and national), develops and maintains relationships with area elected officials, develops the Chamber legislative agenda, and makes recommendations regarding policy positions to the Board of Directors. The Committee shall have members representing government, business, and industry.
Mark Lee
Committee Chairman
Klingner & Associates, P.C.
Branch Manager
Branch Manager for the Galesburg Branch of Klingner and Associates. Mark is a professional engineer and oversees local municipal, transportation, and materials testing projects. Mark resides in Galesburg with his wife and three sons. 
Kelli Bennewitz
Committee Secretary
City Clerk
Mark Thomas
Board Liaison
Watson-Thomas Funeral Home & Crematory
Mark, along with his wife Tricia, are owner/operators of Watson-Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory.  He is also the Knox County Coroner.  They have two sons, Andrew and Luke.
He is active in the community, serving on multiple boards including the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

 
Wayne Carl
Kevan Cooper
Bobby Dillard
Bridgeway Inc.
Director Quality Management

Bobby is the Director of Quality Management at Bridgeway. A Galesburg native, he and his wife Nancy have raised their three children in our community. He is a graduate of GHS, Carl Sandburg College, and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where he received his master’s degree in Rehabilitation Administration and Services. For thirty-two years prior to working at Bridgeway he was the Executive Director and Administrator at St. Mary’s Square Living Center here in Galesburg until it’s closing in 2013. Focused on helping others improve their personal and business endeavors, Bobby became a part of the Chamber’s Professional Development Committee in 2014. Bobby is a board member of Camp Kidz, a Distinguished Toastmaster and a past District 54, Division Governor for Toastmasters International. Bobby speaks on communication and leadership skills development.

Tony Oligney-Estill
City of Galesburg
Director of Parks & Recreation
Jim Flynn
Galesburg Cottage Hospital
Chief Operating Officer
Karrie Heartlein
Knox College
Director, Government & Community Relations
Jason Miller
Liz Miller
Ken Park
IDOT
Local Roads Engineer
Mark Rudolph
KCCDD
Chief Executive Officer
Marshall Schrader
C. C. Wilcox
Miller Dredge Insurance Agency
Account Executive