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About Us

Our mission: Navy Pier is the People’s Pier, Chicago’s lakefront treasure, welcoming all and offering dynamic and eclectic experiences through partnerships and programs that inspire discovery and wonder.

Navy Pier is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation established in 2011 to maintain Navy Pier and oversee the redevelopment of one of the most important civic landmarks in the United States and one of the top-visited leisure and cultural destinations in the world.

In anticipation of the Pier’s 100th anniversary, celebrated in 2016, Navy Pier created The Centennial Vision, a framework for reimagining Navy Pier. Grounded in the noble principles of its founding designers, The Centennial Vision adds a visionary and contemporary lens for the future. 

Video: About Navy Pier

Navy Pier’s mission is to be a world-class public place that celebrates and showcases the vitality of Chicago and provides for the enjoyment of Chicago-area residents and visitors year-round. Navy Pier manages Navy Pier within a business framework that provides for its long-term financial stability.

While looking forward to what is relevant for Chicagoans today, Navy Pier leadership is ever conscious of famed architect Daniel Burnham’s vision to transform the lakefront into attractive and useful public space for active recreation and social interaction – a source of pride and common ground that fosters a sense of community within the city’s diverse population.

Navy Pier’s objectives for the future remain consistent with Burnham’s enduring values for the ‘People’s Pier’ to be a place where local residents and visitors from around the world come to experience the natural beauty of the lakefront and Chicago’s magnificent skyline.

Values

Excellence
We strive to offer:

  • Exceptional service to our guests and partners
  • An authentic Chicago experience
  • An architecturally stunning environment offering access to extraordinary vistas of the lake, land and skyline

Integrity
We aspire to:

  • Deliver high-quality experiences, cultural and educational programs and guest services
  • Cultivate a skilled, talented and motivated team
  • Best-in-class nonprofit operating standards and financial accountability

Inclusion
We aim to:

  • Embrace and celebrate a diverse community and workforce
  • Attract dynamic, inventive partners and collaborators
  • Offer affordable options and opportunities for engagement to all

Stewardship
We endeavor to:

  • Celebrate the Pier’s rich history rooted in the Burnham Plan of Chicago
  • Manage our assets and environmental resources with foresight and prudence
  • Engage donors and other stakeholders in our efforts

Navy Pier History

Historic Navy Pier is among the most visited destinations in the world. Since its reopening in 1995, the Pier has welcomed over 186 million guests, including a record-breaking 9.3 million guests in 2016.

Navy Pier has enjoyed a remarkable evolution. Originally designed for shipping and recreational purposes, the facility has evolved into a premiere entertainment and exposition center. Experience an interactive timeline of Navy Pier’s history at 100yearsofpier.com.

Watch WTTW’s documentary, Navy Pier: A Century of Reinvention.

Board of Directors

Officers

William J. Brodsky
Chairman

Chairman
Cedar Street Asset Management

Norman Bobins
Vice Chairman
Vice Chairman
CIBC Bank USA

Michelle L. Collins
Secretary
President
Cambium LLC

Sarah Nava Garvey
Treasurer
Former Chairman
Shedd Aquarium and Navy Pier

Board Members

Lisa Konik Aronin
Board Member
Boys & Girls Club of Chicago

Berle R. Blitstein
CEO
Crown Polycon International

Douglas R. Brown
Civic Leader

Devon C. Bruce
Partner
Powers, Rogers & Smith

John Bucksbaum
Founder
Bucksbaum Retail Properties LLP

Gisselle Castillo-Veremis
Consul General
Consulate General of the Dominican Republic

Gery J. Chico
Attorney
Chico & Nunes, PC

Pamela Culpepper
Chief Human Resources Officer
Cboe Global Markets

Nora Daley
Chairman
Cultural Advisory Council/Former Chairman, Steppenwolf Theater

Patrick F. Daly
CEO
The Daly Group

Marilynn Kelly Gardner
Ex-Officio

President and CEO
Navy Pier  

Sandra P. Guthman
Chair, Board of Directors
Polk Bros. Foundation

Brett J. Hart
Ex-Officio

Chairman
Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority/EVP & General Counsel, United Airlines

Dean M. Harrison
President and CEO
Northwestern Memorial HeathCare

Lori Healey
Ex-Officio
CEO
Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority

Roger J. Kiley, Jr.
Ex-Officio
Board Member, Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority/Attorney, Roger J. Kiley, Jr. Law

Steven Koch
Co-Chairman
Motivate Inc.

Donna La Pietra
Executive Producer
Kurtis Productions

Charles R. Matthews
President & CEO
Peoples Gas & North Shore Gas

Michael G. O’Rourke
President
Signature Bank

Terry Peterson
Chairman
Chicago Transit Authority, Vice President of Corporate and External Affairs, Rush University Medical Center

Jorge Ramirez
Managing Director
GCM Grosvenor

James R. Reilly
Former CEO
Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority/Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Planning Council

Sandra Reynolds
Senior Vice President
IntraLink Global               

John R. Schmidt
Partner
Mayer Brown

Jennifer W. Steans
President & CEO
Financial Investments Corporation

Michael A. Toolis
Vice President
Regional Business Leader, Buildings (US Central), Stantec

Associate Board

Executive Committee

Co-Chairs

DeRondal Bevly
Founder
RubyRose Strategies

Dan Gibbons
Vice President
Tur Partners

Vice Chair

Syreeta Harris Strickland
Director, Investment Banking Marketing
William Blair

Treasurer

Nekesa Josey
Associate, Public Finance
Mesirow Financial

Secretary

Lilly Athamanah
Communications Specialist
The Joyce Foundation

Associate Board Members

Mike Axelrod
President
Grant Park Global

Alona Banai
Director of Partnerships
Chicago Area Runners Association

Jessie Biedron
B2B Communications Specialist
BP

Sean Daly
Vice President, Asset Management
American Realty Advisors

Christine DeSousa
Senior Member & Corporate Relations
Illinois Restaurant Association

Amy Flanagan
Senior Manager, Commercial Strategy
Beam Suntory

Conor Gee
Lead Marketing Communications
Blue Cross Blue Shield

Heather Geron
Regional Account Executive
JCDecaux

Ashley Hall
Managing Director
KPMG

Matthew Hong
Director of Research, Power & Gas
Morningstar

Barret Kedzior
Founder
BKZ Consulting, Inc.

Ashley Kingsmill
Market Development Manager
PepsiCo

Kathryn Kocanda
Vice President, Hedge Fund Services
Northern Trust

Jon Leach
Partner
Chico & Nunes

Nika Levando
Associate Director, Civic Engagement
University of Chicago

Jack Mullen
Private Wealth Advisor
Merrill Lynch

Qiana Nelson
Sales Manager, Residency Verticals
CDW

Jenee Page
Account Executive
Aon Risk Solutions

Danielle Parker
Civic Leader

Roger Payne
Director, Research Analytics
The Marketing Arm

Keri Ricci
Senior Manager, Destination Marketing
Hilton Hotels

Tod Reynolds
Executive Director
Chicago Match Race Center

Sydney Schubert
Commercial Banking Associate
Fifth Third Bank

Ross Thomson
Vice President, Commercial Banking
Signature Bank

Nick Vallorano
Associate, Government & Global Trade
Mayer Brown

Jake Wahler
Associate Principal
Eckenhoff Saunders Architects

Melanie Wang
Director Cultural Planning
DCASE

Contributors

Navy Pier’s annual donor list includes individuals, corporations and foundations that generously support the Pier’s organizational, physical and programmatic transformation.

Click to Download: Navy Pier’s Contributors

Sustainability

NPI has incorporated sustainable infrastructure into its redevelopment design and created a 30-year Sustainability Master Plan to help integrate sustainable best practices into our daily operations. For more information about green partnerships, plans and progress, click here.
Doing Business at Navy Pier

Navy Pier, Inc. through Navy Pier’s Department of Procurement Services, contracts with various vendors providing a wide range of services from, but not limited to, landscaping, advertising, accounting services, construction and electrical. If you would like to be included within NPI’s vendor directory, please complete our on-line vendor application at navypier.diversitycompliance.com. This on-line application automates the process and allow vendors to submit their information and documents electronically. Upon acceptance by Navy Pier’s Procurement Department, vendors will be able to self-manage their company information.

If you want to know what business opportunities are available, please visit the Navy Pier website regarding contracting opportunities. NPI encourages minority and women-owned enterprises to seek business opportunities at Navy Pier. Find more information here.

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