TOMMI RANTANEN - PRESIDENT

Tommi Rantanen

Tommi is President of the Finnish-American Chamber of Commerce – Midwest (FACC-Midwest). He has experience from similar organizations in the past, but is fairly new to FACC. Back in Helsinki, Finland he was the chairman of the KONE Young Professionals and a board member in the Young Crew of International Project Management Association.

Tommi moved to Chicago from Helsinki in the summer of 2014. He has 8 years of experience with one of the leading Finnish companies, KONE. His past assignments include quality management, program management office, corporate performance management, process management, change management, and IT solutions management. Currently, he is responsible for the process and solutions development of KONE Americas’ delivery chain. He has a Masters of Science in Engineering (industrial management) from Aalto University in Helsinki.

In his personal life, Tommi and his wife, Emily, were blessed with their first born, a son, late last year. Life couldn't be more fun and exciting at the moment. Emily also works for KONE Americas as their new equipment marketing manager. Tommi and Emily actually met in Helsinki when Emily was working as a maternity leave replacement for two years. Now, they are both enjoying their new little family in Chicago.

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TONY JOHANSSON - VICE PRESIDENT

Tony Johansson

Tony Johansson is Vice President and former President of Finnish-American Chamber of Commerce – Midwest (FACC-Midwest). Johansson served five terms as President of FACC-Midwest (2009-2014) and two terms as Vice President (2007-2009). He joined the FACC-Midwest in 2006.

Professionally, Johansson has 15+ years in the executive search business. He is Vice President and a founding member of Paul Ray & Company Executive Search based in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 2007, Paul Ray & Company is a boutique retained executive search firm specializing in branded Consumer (CPG/FMCPG) and Industrial Products as well as Retail Markets. Johansson conducts searches from the Director to C-Suite for Fortune 500, Middle-Market and Private/Private-Equity owned companies.

Johansson worked as Managing Consultant in the Consumer/Retail, Industrial and Technology practices at A.T. Kearney Executive Search, one of the 10 largest global retained executive search firms, from 2000-2007.

Johansson began his career with Motorola Inc.’s Solutions, Infrastructure and Iridium Satellite Communications businesses. From 1997-2000, Johansson worked in Human Resources/Talent and Supply Chain and EH&S functions for the Fortune 100 company. Johansson is a graduate of the University of Vermont.

Johansson was born in Finland and resides in Barrington, Illinois with his wife Katie (a silversmith jewelry artist) and their two children.

STEVE HOLLI - TREASURER

Steve Holli

Steve Holli is the Senior Vice President of Finance for GOLIN, a Chicago based Public Relations Firm. He is a global Senior Financial Executive with over 20 years of experience in finance, accounting, and business operations, with a consistent progression of growth and responsibilities. He is a proactive, strategic leader, with a broad background in different industries and experiences. He has extensive experience in leadership, FP&A, reporting, accounting, acquisitions, contracts (both client and real estate), business continuity and planning, information technology, human resources and compliance, business operations, and corporate communications. He is a driven leader that believes collaboration and continual improvement to drive business results and employee performance at all levels. Steve has worked for some of the top organizations in their respective industries including: ABN AMRO, AC Nielsen & Co., and Xerox Corporation.

Steve received a B.A. in Communication Studies from The University of Iowa. In addition, he furthered his education by completing a MBA with a Finance Concentration and a Masters of Science in Accounting, both from Dominican University. While at Dominican University he was inducted into the local chapter of Sigma Iota Epsilon, the national honorary and professional management fraternity. He went on to hold the positions of both Vice President and President of the local chapter.

Steve is currently the Co-Chair of the Advisory Board for the Brennan School of Business at Dominican University. He has been an active board member since 2005. In addition, Steve provides counseling and mentoring to Brennan students.

Steve’s Finnish roots stem from his paternal great-grandparents whom emigrated from Finland and settled in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. His Finnish heritage is a proud and important part of his life.

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JOHANNA HAUKI - SECRETARY

Johanna Hauki

Johanna relocated from Tampere to Chicago in the mid-1990s, discovered the Finnish American Chamber of Commerce Midwest shortly thereafter, and has enjoyed the company of local Finns and friends ever since. She is a member of FACC’s communications and cultural committees, and former Midwest editor of Headlines magazine.

Professionally, Johanna has held a wide range of marketing communications roles, currently with Health Care Service Corporation, the largest customer-owned health insurer in the U.S. (better known in Chicagoland as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois).

As Multimedia Developer at HCSC, Johanna specializes in making magic with both words and visuals, creating compelling business presentations and custom communications that engage audiences, clarify the complicated, and win business. Her clients and collaborators range from industry analysts to C-level executives.

Johanna’s prior adventures include freelance marketing consulting, a stint as creative director at a start-up company, and occasional Finnish voice-over gigs, following a decade as marketing manager and business writer/editor at a mid-size retail advertising agency. Off-duty, she performs classical music with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, serves on the Board of FACC Midwest, and volunteers with local non-profits.

Johanna earned her MBA in Marketing at Loyola University Chicago, and a Master of Economic Sciences degree at Åbo Akademi University in Finland. She is fluent in Finnish, Swedish and English, and sings rather convincingly in 10 languages. Johanna and her husband live in Glenview, a suburb of Chicago.

OLAVI GÖÖS - HONORARY CONSUL

Olavi Goos

After studying pulp and paper technology in Technical University of Helsinki in Finland Mr. Göös has worked almost 40 years in pulp and paper companies in Finland, Portugal and USA. His experiences consist of different positions in organizations.

His special interest is pulp and paper mill operations management, continuous improvement and product development. After the long, active career in paper industry he has concentrated to spread these experiences through consulting business in projects all over in the world, latest ones in Russia, Argentina, Spain, Indonesia. This work has been successful due to not only through deep professional knowledge but also good cooperation with local people in different cultures.

During the last nine years, he has held also a position of Honorary Consul of Republic of Finland in Chicago, IL. The focus has been trade promotions between Midwest and Finland, cultural relations, consular business and helping citizens of Finland in stressed situations.

BENJAMIN WHEELER

Benjamin Wheeler

Ben Wheeler is a board memeber of the Finnish-American Chamber of Commerce – Midwest (FACC-Midwest) and joined the FACC-Midwest in 2014 where he served as the Secretary until being elected Vice President in 2015. Ben graduated from Lake Forest College in 2013. He currently works for the Boy Scouts of America as a District Executive. Prior to working for the BSA, Ben held various business positions in the Chicagoland area.

His mother’s family is originally from Kuopio. Ben is passionate and enthusiastic about all things Finnish. Ben has spent a lot of time researching Finnish designed and/or manufactured products and has become an expert in that field. In addition to traveling to Finland, Ben has enjoyed going to the past several FinnFests.

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MATTHEW HEYWOOD-CUNLIFFE

Julie Badel

Matthew Heywood-Cunliffe was first elected to the Board as Secretary and leads Government and Institutional Affairs for the Finnish-American Chamber of Commerce-Midwest. Matthew is a political scientist who specializes in European Union affairs as well as international relations, trade, and development. He holds his BA in European Union Studies and Asian Studies from Lake Forest College and obtained his MA in International Relations at the University of Chicago.

Prior to his involvement with FACC, Matthew directed the Senuyaa Initiative—a Chicago-based international development project working in potable water access and economic development in West Africa—and served as the Project Field Manager for the Illinois-based Benkadi Project in Guinea. Additionally, he spent time in the Nordic countries and the EU researching the impact of free movement on EU economies and is currently working on research centered on refugee resettlement practices.

Matthew is interested in assisting Chicago manage trade relations with EU-based corporations following the implementation of TTIP. In addition to his background on the EU, Matthew has a personal interest in the culture, history, and politics of Finland—specifically the resurgence of Finnish identity and political independence during the decline of czarist rule.

A native of Los Angeles, California and Richmond, Kentucky, Matthew is now a resident of Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood.

"HENNA" - HELENA KOIVISTO

Helena Koivisto

“Henna” has been an active board member of the FACC since 1992 where she has held various key positions, such Vice President and Secretary. She has also been running the cultural and golf committees and served as an active member of the business committee.

Henna says of the Board: “We have a very nice and diverse group of people on the board, and what we lack in funds we make up by rolling up our sleeves and working together as a team, in the spirit of Finnish talkoohenki and sisu!”

Henna has a bachelor’s degree in business from Finland. After her extensive and successful international sales and marketing career, representing the whole Finnish paper industry both in Europe and The United States, she launched a new career as a Realtor in Residential Real Estate. She is proud to represent @properties, the #1 independent brokerage in Illinois and #1 real estate firm in Chicago. Whether you are - or anyone you know is, re-locating, moving up or downsizing, selling or buying – Henna is here to assist you.

In her spare time, when not volunteering at some local or global cultural and community events, she is either spending time with her rescue dog Fawnie, promoting our wonderful city of Chicago or attending some of the many cultural treasures we are privileged to enjoy here in Chicago (e.g. The Art Institute, CSO, Lyric Opera).

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PIA CONDON

Pia Condon

Pia Condon served as President of FACC-Midwest from January 2006 to March 2010, and remains a member of the Board of Directors working with the Business Events committee. Professionally, she is Manager of the Business Risk Intelligence department of Global Security at AbbVie. Previously, she was Senior Information Consultant at BMO Capital Markets. Pia has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from DePaul University.

A native of Finland, Pia has lived in the U.S. for more than 20 years, and is a citizen of both countries and fluent both in Finnish and English. Her area of expertise focuses on global risk intelligence, research, and analysis. She enjoys participating in the activities of the Finnish-American community in Chicagoland and beyond.

JOHN C. JOHNSON

John C. Johnson

John Johnson is a long-time member of the FACC-Midwest Board. He is the owner and operator of C. Johnson Signs. This family-owned business has been based in Franklin Park since 1943 and has employed more than 80 local residents over the years.

John also serves as Trustee for the Village of Franklin Park, as the Finance Chairman and Chair of the Events Committee. As a member of the United States Coast Guard, he is active in the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and has held elected and appointed positions at the local and national levels. He has been awarded Meritorious Awards for his work by this volunteer organization. Additionally, John has been a member of the American Legion for 31 years, currently a member of Post 0974.

John is a member of the Franklin Park/Schiller Park Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Sign Association, and serves on the Board of The Crossings at Franklin Station Condominium Association.

John and his wife of more than 40 years, Carol, live in Franklin Park.

CHARLES PETERSON

Charles Peterson

Charles Peterson received his BA in music from North Park College in 1973; his MA in communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1980; and his PhD in Radio-Television-Film from Northwestern University in 1992. His dissertation was entitled The Political Economy of Television in Sweden. In 1988 Mr. Peterson became Academic Dean and Professor of International Mass Media at Danvik Folkehøgskole International Media Center in Drammen, Norway, where he served until 1993. He returned to North Park University to become the Executive Director, Center for Scandinavian Studies, and Professor of Communication Arts. Dr. Peterson is currently Dean of the College at North Park University, Chicago.

He is a frequent consultant on Scandinavian culture for corporations and individuals. His current research projects include Sámi and Eskimo Media, Culture, and Language.