Better Business Bureau 87th Annual Dinner Meeting Featuring Geoffrey Baer on March 20

March 25, 2014

CHICAGO,IL – March 18, 2014 – The Better Business Bureau of Chicago & Northern Illinois (BBB) will hold its 87th Annual Dinner Meeting on Thursday,March 20, at the Chicago Marriot Downtown. Headlining the program this year will be well-known Chicago TV personality Geoffrey Baer. In addition, PNC Bank will serve as presenting sponsor of this year’s event. Scott Swanson, president of PNC Bank, will have the honor of introducing Geoffrey Baer, our featured speaker.

Geoffrey Baer will speak about the development of Chicago business communities and its history. He will also be talking about work ethic in various communities that created the city as it is today.

The 87th annual meeting will be emceed by NBC Chicago Co-News Anchors and Reporters Allison Rosati and Rob Stafford. Receiving the Torchbearer Award is Dennis Ontaneda of Combined Insurance and receiving the Arbitrator of the Year Award is Oliver Cooper IV. Dorothy Tucker of CBS 2 will be presented the Diogenes Award for Excellence in Media. Carol Cooling will posthumously receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, accepted by her husband, Chip Kopp.

“All of our award recipients exemplify the goals and principles of the Better Business Bureau to support and foster an ethical marketplace benefiting both consumers and businesses,” says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the BBB.

This year's event has been made possible through the generosity of the following sponsors:

PNC Bank, AT&T, Inc., Combined Insurance Co. of America, Discover Financial Services, Inland Real Estate Group, Inc., Insight Enterprises, Inc., Abt Electronics & Appliances, Access One, Inc., Airoom LLC, BMO Harris Bank, Bridgestone Retail Operations, Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA),CDW, Chicago Fire Soccer Club, ComEd, Coyne College, Delaware Place Bank,DeLuxe Corporation, DeVry Education Group, Empire Today LLC, Four Seasons Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., Gary Lang Auto Group, Hanson Material Services, MB Financial Bank, McDonald’s Corporation, Medley’s Moving & Self Storage, Mini Moves, Inc., National Van Lines, Perma-Seal Basement Systems,Inc., Restore Construction, Sears Holdings Corporation, State Farm Insurance,U.S. Cellular, Vintage Tech Recyclers, Inc., Walgreens, West Suburban Bank, ABC7 Chicago, CBS 2 Chicago, Hilton Chicago, NBC 5 Chicago, Tribune Media Group and WGN TV.


As a private,non-profit organization, the purpose of the Better Business Bureau is to promote an ethical marketplace. BBBs help resolve buyer/seller complaints by means of conciliation, mediation and arbitration. BBBs also review advertising claims, online business practices and charitable organizations. BBBs develop and issue reports on businesses and nonprofit organizations and encourage people to check out a company or charity before making a purchase or donation.