The Oak Park Economic Development Corporation (OPEDC) announced its long-running chairman, Marty Noll, is stepping down from the position after 27 years, according to an OPEDC press release.
Noll, who serves as chairman of Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest, is succeeded by Tom Gallagher, who serves on the OPEDC board of directors and is senior vice president and chief credit officer of Community Bank.
Noll stepped down from the chairman position on June 1 and will finish his service on the board at the end of 2018, according to the press release.
OPEDC is a quasi-governmental body hired by the village of Oak Park to attract and retain business development in the village. Formerly known as the Oak Park Development Corporation, the group restructured in 2014 and rebranded as the OPEDC, enacting new bylaws that limit non-governmental board members to two consecutive terms.
"My willingness to be involved and get things accomplished was just there. It was in the genes, I guess," Noll said in the press release. "If you care about what's happening and want to contribute, you simply have to want to do it. All the knowledge in the world unused doesn't get anything done."
Gallagher said in the press release that Noll is "approachable and always puts Oak Park first."
"He always makes time," Gallagher said. "He's accessible and 'gets' economic development."
OPEDC Executive Director John Lynch said Noll "understands the need to preserve the village's rich history and culture; as a business leader, he knows the importance of keeping Oak Park welcoming to new residents and business investment.
"He has been invaluable to me as both a mentor and a source of knowledge and insight into this community," he said.
Oak Park Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb said of Noll, "I love him dearly."
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