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PACC 30th Anniversary Recap

We thank all who joined us to celebrate our 30th anniversary at O’Hare Tech Center Schiller Park! Congratulations to the PACC 2024 business award winners: MK Design Build (Promising Startup); Tata’s Pierogi (Entrepreneurial Spirit); General Masonry Supply Venture, LLC, Chicago Teahouse, and TTI Medical Training School, Grzymala Law Offices, P.C., (Corporate Valor); and to Omniterra Real Properties (Chamber Loyalty). Much applause and gratitude goes to the Polish American Chamber of Commerce 30th Anniversary Appreciation awardees: Gina Buda, Gregory Handzel, Henryk Kazmierczak, Janek Krynski, Marian Nowacki, Bogdan Pukszta, Stanley Skoczen, and Tony Zaskowski. 

Our 30th Anniversary Celebration & Awards Dinner was a resounding success thanks to the celebratory spirit and good cheer brought to the event by more than 160 guests and the creative effort of the event planning committee chaired by PACC VP Aneta Szulakiewicz.

Once again, we congratulate all awardees and thank all who attended!

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2024 Membership Renewals

2024 is here! have you renewed your membership?

As 2024 progresses and we eagerly anticipate the opportunities that lie ahead, we extend our heartfelt gratitude for your continued support as a valued member of the Polish American Chamber of Commerce (PACC).

As the PACC embarks on its 30th year of fostering business excellence and facilitating impactful connections, we invite you to renew your membership and be part of a momentous milestone in our organization’s history. In celebration of our 30th anniversary, we are setting our sights on achieving a record number of renewals, and we invite you to be a part of that goal.

PACC remains steadfast in its commitment to promoting member businesses, addressing your specific needs and interests, enhancing our media presence, fostering valuable connections, advancing crucial matters, and disseminating vital information on business, trade, and economic development within our community and beyond.

To renew your membership and be part of this exciting journey, simply click  here  to complete the process online. Alternatively, you can access, print, fill out, and submit the PACC membership renewal form. If you prefer the convenience of PayPal, please click  here  (please note that a 4% processing fee is added to credit card payments).


New Board Installed at PACC Annual Meeting

The Polish American Chamber of Commerce (PACC) Annual Meeting and Business After Hours gathering on Thursday, March 23, 2023, was a remarkable occasion. The event was held at the Polish Museum of America (PMA). Celebrating its 150th anniversary year, the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America (PRCUA) was the main sponsor of the event.

At the beginning of the official program of the evening, outgoing PACC President Iwona Filipiak welcomed the large group of PACC members and other guests, which included, Consul Michal Arciszewski of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago; Head of Foreign Trade Office of the Polish Investment & Trade Agency (PAIH) Michal Rzeznik; Cook County Commissioner Bridget Degnen (12th District); Director of Public Affairs of the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) Elisa Sledzinska; President of the International Trade Club of Chicago Fabrice Bonvoisin; President of the Alliance of Polish Clubs Dr. Lucja Mirowska-Kopec; Honorary President of the Alliance of Polish Clubs and Constitution Day Parade Coordinator Jan Kopec; Director of the Queen of the May 3 Parade Pageant Ewa Ruminski; President of the Polish American Medical Society Dr. Peter Brukasz; Former IL State Senator Walter Dudycz; Chief Operating Officer of Selfreliance Federal Credit Union Peter J. Ilnyckyj; and President of Selfreliance Association Walter Tun.

Warm welcoming remarks on behalf of the sponsors of the evening were offered by the President of the PRCUA and Chairman of the PMA, James Robaczewski, and by the Managing Director of the PMA, Malgorzata Kot.

The official program of the event also featured a presentation of recent accomplishments and plans of the Chamber for the remainder of 2023 by PACC Executive Director Bogdan Pukszta and Marketing/PR Associate Monica Lebensztejn. The highlight of the presentation was the introduction and installation of the PACC 2023-2024 Board of Directors.

As a result of the recent election process, the 2023-2024 Board of the association will include the following Directors who were reelected:

  • Agnieszka Bastrzyk, PRCUAlife
  • Iwona Filipiak, BHHS Chicago Real Estate
  • Greg Handzel, Handzel & Associates LTD
  • Henry Kazmierczak, H & L Homes LLC
  • Jola Santocka, Polamer, Inc.
  • Stanley Skoczen, Omega Structures, Inc.
  • Aneta Szulakiewicz, General Masonry Supply Venture LLC
  • Anna Tukiendorf, TTI Medical Training

The following Directors are a new addition to the Board:

  • Greg Kaminski, Craftwood, Inc.
  • Agnes Mroczkowski, Saturn Title LLC
  • Donald Pasek, Omniterra Real Properties
  • Pawel Petrykowski, Paulo Gelato & Chocolate
  • Anna Pulit, Landtrust Title Services
  • Dan Ramir, LWSC Multilingual Safety Training
  • Elzbieta Unat, Ella Hair Studio
  • Sergiusz Zgrzebski, Zgrzebski Property Group LLC

President of the PRCUA James Robaczewski helped administer the traditional charge & oath of office. The new Board of Directors will serve the PACC for the next two years and will soon meet to elect Officers of the Board.

According to Executive Director Bogdan Pukszta, “The leadership skills and as well as business and organizational experience that Members of the 2021-2022 Board possess are superb and are the right combination at the right time for the PACC. I look forward to working with all of them, as we continue to serve the interests of our members and strive to contribute to Chicago area’s economic development and enhanced US-Poland business and trade.”

A special thank you was presented to the outgoing Board President, Iwona Filipiak, Secretary Lukasz Dudka, and Treasurer Margaret Borla.

The PACC also welcomed the following new members at the meeting:

  • Selfreliance Association
  • Selfreliance Federal Credit Union
  • PNC Bank, and
  • Nicole Budz

Upon acceptance of the PACC Membership Certificate, President of Selfreliance Association Walter Tun thanked the PACC for helping the Ukrainian Community at this dark time of war.

The program concluded with the drawing of door prizes, which were sponsored by Dziennik Zwiazkowy, the Polish Museum of America, TTI Medical Training School, Detroit City Distillery, and the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce.

Thank you to Andrzej Brach for capturing the evening’s moments. Please click to view Photo Gallery 1 and Photo Gallery 2.