Suzanne Keers is a Co-Founder and the Executive Director of Local First Chicago, a not-for-profit organization formed to educate members of the public, business leaders and local governments regarding the economic and social benefits provided by locally owned and independent businesses in Chicago. Suzanne is also the owner of Main Street Innovations, a consulting company devoted to helping experienced business owners grow and optimize their companies. Suzanne has 25 years of experience in consulting and management with deep knowledge of quality management, process improvement and general management. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Dill Pickle Food. She holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Certificate in Liberal Arts from the Basic Program at the University of Chicago. Suzanne has served as a Malcolm Baldrige Business Excellence Senior Evaluator and an Illinois Lincoln Award for Excellence Evaluator.