Seize the Future in Aurora hiring new team; group aims to boost economic development
By Stephanie Lulay email@example.com October 30, 2013 7:06PM
David Hulseberg, new Seize the Future CEO and President
Updated: December 2, 2013 12:22PM
AURORA — Now that the non-profit tasked with spurring economic development in Aurora has named a CEO, the organization will also move forward with other new hires, officials announced.
David Hulseberg, Seize the Future’s new CEO, said Wednesday that he is in various stages of bringing four new people on board. His goal is to have a full team by the end of November, he said.
Hulseberg has already hired a communications coordinator who is slated to start in early November. Because the hire was very recent as of Wednesday, he declined to name the new coordinator yet.
Seize the Future will also hire two development coordinators and an administrative coordinator. Development coordinator candidates are being interviewed later this week.
On Wednesday, Hulseberg said that he is struggling to find administrative coordinator candidates that have a bilingual background and experience managing an office.
“That (position) has been elusive. I don’t understand why,” he said.
Hulseberg formerly served as Lombard village manager before taking the Seize the Future post. Prior to Hulseberg’s hiring, Seize the Future was headed by chief consultant David Dorgan, former Elgin city manager.
Seize the Future is also in the process of expanding its board to 13 members from a current five members.
According to the city’s plan, an alderman will hold one of those seats, but will be an ex-officio member of the board.
Charlie Doss, chairman of the Seize the Future Board of Directors, said last week he planned to reach out to Mayor Tom Weisner and other existing Seize the Future board members to gather names for board nominations.
Hulseberg said Wednesday that a group of possible nominees are currently being circulated.
“The board and my staff both need to be representative of the community,” he said.
In addition to Doss, four other members are currently serving on the Seize the Future Board: Ed Bonifas, Dan Dolan, Wally Mundy and Pat Mitchell, according to Doss.
As part of the move to kick economic development dollars toward Seize the Future, Aurora opted to fold the Aurora Economic Development Commission, the economic development arm formed by the city and the Greater Aurora Area Chamber of Commerce in 1981.