John R. Thompson,

Mr. Thompson retired in 2017 after 29 years as the President/CEO of the Dixon Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He was also President/CEO of Lee County Industrial Development Association. The Dixon Area Chamber is an association of nearly 400 business and professional entities that has promoted the Dixon area since 1887. LCIDA is a countywide economic development organization originating in Dixon in 1960. Thompson was also the Zone Administrator of the Lee County Enterprise Zone #9 comprising portions of Lee and Ogle Counties, Illinois. Thompson is a graduate (IOM designee) of the United States Chamber of Commerce Institutes for Organizational Management at the University of Notre Dame. He was an Accredited Chamber of Commerce Executive (ACE designee) of the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. He received the following honors and served the following offices in his profession: