BBB Dinner Features Chicago Cubs Crane Kenney

March 02, 2017


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BBB Dinner Featuring Chicago Cubs Crane Kenney  

Chicago – March 2, 2017– The Better Business Bureau of Chicago & Northern Illinois (BBB) will hold its 90th Annual Dinner Meeting on Thursday, March 9th, at the Marriot Downtown Chicago. The evening’s featured speaker will be Crane Kenney, President of Business Operations for Major League’s 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs.

Crane is in his 24th season with the Cubs organization.  He was named President of Business Operations following the Ricketts’ family purchase of the Cubs in 2009 and is responsible for the strategic direction of the Cubs business operations and the development of the Wrigleyville campus.

In his role, Crane is responsible for the organization’s growth, including new business development; design, construction and operation of its facilities; media strategy; government relations; associate recruitment and training; and develop­ment of a winning culture.

From 2003-2009, Crane was the principle executive in charge of Cubs operations on behalf of Tribune Company, the previous owner.

Overseeing all aspects of the Cubs organization for that period, the Cubs won the N.L. Central Division three times (2003, 2007 and 2008), surpassed 3 million in attendance for eight consecutive seasons and set an all-time attendance record of 3,300,200 in 2008.

Crane is now responsible for the continuing redevelopment and preservation of Wrigley Field.

In 2013, USA Today named Wrigley Field the No. 1 ballpark in Major League Baseball and in 2017, CNN named Wrigley Field one of the 15 happiest places in the world. Crane also oversees the current restoration plan for Wrigley Field, named the 1060 Project.

  • Other distinguished award awards being presented include:
  • Torchbearer of the Year Award to John Janicik of Mayer Brown LLP;
  • Diogenes Award For Excellence in Media to Sergiusz Zgrzebski of Polvision TV
  • The James E. Baumhart Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously to Robert Abt of Abt Electronics.

“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.

PNC Bank is the presenting sponsor for this this year’s dinner. Combined Insurance is the Gold Sponsor. Several hundred top business leaders will be in attendance. More dinner information can be found at


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