Julie Miller Elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce

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Julie Miller of Patrick Sheehan & Associates Is Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce's Newest Chairman of the Board

Julie Miller was elected as Chairman of the Board by the Elmhurst Board of Directors on November 12.

This event has been a long-term goal of Julie's. While a senior at Elmhurst College, Julie wanted an internship with an Elmhurst business and was directed to President John Quigley at the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce. Quigley, who left his position at Elmhurst College to take the position as President of the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce in November 1999, had written the press release for Julie when she accepted a position on the Elmhurst College Women’s Volleyball team. John did not give Julie a referral, but instead offered to her a paid internship at the Chamber. As an intern, Julie worked on projects including the Spring Luncheon, Elmfest and the annual golf outing. John Quigley states, “Julie is the first Chamber intern that has risen to the role of Chairman of the Board and I am proud she has succeeded.”

When graduation from Elmhurst College arrived at the end of May 2000, Julie had accepted a position in a fellowship working for the State of Illinois in Springfield. She reflects, “After four months of meeting so many wonderful businessmen and women in Elmhurst and becoming close friends with some, I felt that I could not leave Elmhurst and had to make this great city my new home.” Thus, Julie declined the fellowship position. “The Wednesday before graduation I left the Chamber office and went back to my dorm room, dreading the move to Springfield. I picked up the phone, called the fellowship office and informed them that I would not take the position. I hung up the phone and realized that I had only three days to vacate the dorm room, find a job and most importantly, a place to live.” She found a room in a rented house with fellow ECVB alumna. The Chamber staff was thrilled that Miller decided to stay in Elmhurst and offered to extend the internship through August. Miller’s hard work and determination continued when she accepted a position at Patrick T. Sheehan & Associates as a receptionist beginning on July 31, 2000. Now the office manager and a paralegal, Julie manages all aspects of the company, from negotiating contracts, preparing budgets and supervising staff to preparing financial statements and working with clients.

Miller continued to volunteer and serve on the Elmfest committee through its last year in 2008. She remains involved in the golf outing, including chairing the event held in August 2013, and was awarded the Chamber’s Good Works Award in 2010. Miller served as 2nd Vice Chair and Chair of the Membership committee of the Executive Board of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2012 and as 1st Vice Chair and Chair of the Marketing committee in 2013. Her term as Chairman of the Board will end in November 2014.

Julie also enjoys philanthropy, she has been a member of the Elmhurst Jaycees since 2000 and chaired the Distinguished Service Award banquet from 2001 through 2012. She continues to play volleyball competitively and supports ECVB as a Bluejay Backer since 2000. To learn more about Julie and Patrick T. Sheehan & Associates, visit http://www.sheehan-law.com. To learn more about the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce, visit http://www.elmhurstchamber.org.

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