CHICAGO, June 27, 2002 – Mayor Richard M. Daley today announced the appointment of J. Christopher Reyes (48) to the World Business Chicago Board of Directors. World Business Chicago is a public-private economic development organization chaired by Mayor Daley and Aon President and COO, Michael D. O’Halleran.

Reyes is Chairman of Reyes Holdings, L.L.C., a Rosemont-based food and beverage distribution company that tied for the rank as the 35th largest privately-held company in the U.S. by Forbes magazine in 2001. He joins a 23-member Board focused on leading and educating the Chicago business community in promoting the Chicago region as a global business destination.

“The addition of Chris to this distinguished group of business leaders signifies World Business Chicago’s commitment to showcasing Chicago as the ideal place to run a successful, world-class business,” said Mayor Daley. “I am confident this Board will continue to be successful in planning for the future and ensuring Chicago remains a global business destination.”

“I look forward to the opportunity to contribute to such a vital business endeavor on behalf of the Chicago region,” said Christopher Reyes. “Chicago’s central location, diverse workforce and business leadership are just a few of the reasons Reyes Holdings is located here. I am anxious to share my positive business experiences with business leaders outside of the region with the hope that one day, they too, can experience such a dynamic business community.”

The 23-member Board includes the following Chicago area business leaders:

Melvyn E. Bergstein, chairman and CEO, Diamond Cluster International, Inc.

Robert N. Burt, chairman, FMC Corporation

James Cantalupo, president and vice chairman emeritus, McDonald’s Corporation

James Crown, general partner, Henry Crown Company

Deborah L. DeHaas, managing partner, global strategic clients – midwest, Deloitte & Touche

James Dimon, chairman and CEO, Bank One Corporation

Craig J. Duchossois, CEO, Duchossois Industries

Brenda J. Gaines, president, Diner’s Club International

James E. Goodwin, retired chairman and CEO, United Airlines

Mellody Hobson, president, Ariel Capital Management

Steven C. McMillan, president and CEO, Sara Lee Corporation

James J. McNulty, president and CEO, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.

Jeff Neal, chief operating officer investment banking, Merrill Lynch

Michael H. Moskow, president, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Michael D. O’Halleran, president and COO, Aon Corporation

Penny S. Pritzker, chairman, Pritzker Realty Group

John Rau, chairman, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

Michael W. Reschke, president and chairman, Prime Group

J. Christopher Reyes, chairman, Reyes Holdings, L.L.C.

John W. Rowe, chairman, Exelon Corporation

Patrick G. Ryan, Jr., CEO, First Look Dealer Network

Michael M. Sears, senior vice president and chief financial officer, The Boeing Company

William Wrigley, Jr., president and CEO, Wm. Wrigley, Jr. Company


About World Business Chicago

World Business Chicago (WBC) is a not-for-profit economic development corporation co-chaired by Mayor Richard M. Daley and Michael D. O’Halleran, and directed by Paul O’Connor. WBC leads in marketing Chicago’s competitive advantages, coordinates business retention and attraction efforts, and seeks to enhance Chicago’s business climate by being a thought leader in economic development policy. For more information, visit or call (312) 553-0500.

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