GEM Leadership Awards Announced

The new Crystal Lake Chamber Foundation Chair, Vicki Summers, is excited to announce the 2019 GEM Leadership Award recipients; Michael Splitt, CEO and Founder of In Sync Systems, and Kathleen Caldwell, CEO and Founder of Caldwell Consulting Group.  

Both recipients are being honored for their community involvement and continued financial support to local not for profits.  They also assist in selecting and presenting scholarships for Leaders in Action, Bob Blazier Leadership Scholarship, and the Mark A. Elmore Architectural Scholarship to local l businesses or their employees that are active members of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Michael Splitt and Kathleen Caldwell will be honored at the Crystal lake Chamber Foundation’s 6th Annual “Be Brilliant” Generous Enthusiastic Motivated Leadership Luncheon on Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 11:30am – 1:30pm at Boulder Ridge Country Club.  To register, please visit

Leaders in Action Scholarships Available

Celebrating 43 years of leadership and professional development through the Leaders in Action Series brought to you by the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce! This is an interactive speaker series that will introduce participants to stretch their skills and challenge them to think beyond their comfort zones. Experience sessions of engaging, professional development starting Thursday, January 24, 2018 visit for more details.

The Foundation has awarded fifty one scholarships for the Leaders in Action Explore since 2010 and is proud to offer five more this year. December 28, 2018 is the deadline to apply for the Leaders in Action Explore scholarship.
2019 LIA Explore Scholarship Application

2018 GEM Honoree

The Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce Foundation is hosting the 5th Annual “Be Brilliant” GEM Leadership Luncheon on Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Boulder Ridge Country Club. This year’s honoree is Gary Reece, owner of Heartland Cabinet Supply, Inc. in Crystal Lake.

Gary has been an active and generous leader in the community since 1989 and currently sits on the McHenry County Housing Authority, Crystal Lake EDC and is an Ambassador of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce.  “Gary has been a member of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce for 18 years. He has always been active in supporting both community non-profits as well as the community at large,” said Cameron Hubbard, the Chamber Foundation’s Board Member and GEM Luncheon Committee Chair. “The GEM theme, which stands for Generous, Enthusiastic and Motivated to make a difference, are all qualities Gary embodies.” 

For further information about attending or sponsoring the GEM Leadership luncheon, please contact the Crystal Lake Chamber 815-459-1300 or register at 

Blazier & Elmore Scholarships Available

Preparing leaders for tomorrow is a Foundation priority. The Foundation administers a variety of scholarships for leading development that helps prepare emerging leaders for the future advancement of the business community and society. Applications are now available for the Bob Blazier Leadership and Mark A. Elmore Architect scholarships.  The deadline to apply for a scholarship is March 1, 2018.
Blazier Scholarship Application 2018 
Mark Elmore Scholarship Application 2018