Winnetka-Northfield-Glencoe Chamber of Commerce

Linkage Group

Linkage Referral Group

The Winnetka/Northfield Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to join our networking group Linkage.

Linkage is a professional referral group made up of our own Chamber members. The purpose of the group is to have highly-motivated, energetic people who will commit the time and effort to grow both their own business and that of other members of the referral group. The basic goal shall be to exchange business referrals and extend loyalty in the form of referrals to other members.

We meet the first two Wednesdays of the month from 7:30-8:30 am, at Baird & Warner, 596 Green Bay Road in Winnetka. On occasion we will meet at local restaurants in the evenings. It is important to meet regularly so that all members of the group can gain a strong understanding of one another’s professional character as well as everyone’s ideal client introduction.

Only one professional is allowed in each specialty so there is no competition for referrals.

We invite you to consider this opportunity to network in a more dedicated setting with your fellow Chamber members. You will increase your own exposure to many other people and businesses thus helping yourself and other members.

For more information on Linkage, please contact:

Margaret Goss at 847-977-6024

Meet the Members

Mary Bowler

Wags on Willow

-Owner -​

Mary Bowler is the owner of Wags on Willow pet grooming salon and retail boutique in Northfield, IL. Established in 2011, Wags on Willow has won numerous awards for its dog and cat grooming services, and its pet loving staff enjoys making your furry friend look their best!

Goran Donev

Safe Haven IT, Inc

-Chief Technology Expert -​

A full service IT Consulting, and Technology Management Company. We help small businesses deploy technologies that will enhance their businesses and improve  both user experience and an ROI that can be measured. With Safe Haven IT as your trusted advisor our Remote Monitoring and Management services we make sure your computers are operating efficiently and advise you of any potential issues that the computer may be experiencing. Call on Safe Haven IT for all your technology needs.

Bob Dupre

CARS of America

- Founder -​

Bob grew up in Wilmette and Glenview, attended New Trier East, class of ’65. He started working part time at 10 years old at a poultry farm in Wilmette in 1957, worked at Peacock’s Ice cream on Skokie Blvd in Wilmette, the A&P Grocery in Winnetka, now the “Grand”, and the Shell station at Lake and Laramie in Wilmette in 1963 from 2pm until 10 pm, Monday through Friday and all day Saturday while attending his Junior and Senior Year at New Trier. He started CARS of America in March 1972 with $1000.

Bob began as a mobile auto Repair, which is where the name came from; CARS of America, Inc is the acronym for Come-to-you Auto Repair Service. CARS Inc was taken in 1972 when he applied to the State of Illinois, so we added “of America”.

He is a certified C-1 Automotive Service Adviser by ASE, a national automotive certification board, and a certified Hybrid-Electric Service Adviser, and served as a contributor to the Advanced Vehicle Technician Standards Committee, located in the Pacific- Northwest. It formulates training curriculum for Automotive Service Technicians in the areas of Hybrid-Electric and Electric Vehicles and provides recommendations to government licensing. He also serve as an adviser and presenter to Glenbrook South High School Stem Training Classes, Lake County Technical Center, and College of Lake county. Bob advocates for Women Vehicle Owners and present educational information to women’s groups upon request. 

Bob received his MBA from the College of Hard Knocks, attended from 1972 until he’s done. 

He is married to Lisa with one daughter, Kelly, who is the controller for CARS. She has been with the company since 1986. 

Bob’s hobbies include skiing, raising orchids, and Musky fishing. In a previous life, he maintained a SCCA Professional Racing license, an IMSA License, a F.I.A International License, and high performance driving instructor. 

Chad Fitzloff

Edward Jones​

- Financial Advisor -​

He is dedicated to educating his clients so they make confident decisions, monitor and understand costs and performance, and achieve their long term financial goals. His Branch Office Administrator, Lisa, has over two decades of industry experience. They understand strategic planning is the foundation of financial success, and trust is the foundation of financial service. 

(847) 446-0805   

Stephanie Sarris, Allied ASID

Sarris Designs and Interiors

- Principal Interior Designer -​

Stephanie believes in creating welcoming, nurturing homes for her clients that physically represent their unique personalities and support their best relationships with family and friends.

“I love collaborating with our clients to discover how they want to live their lives at home, and then applying this knowledge of their taste and unique sense of personal style to design a home that reflects our clients’ personalities, wishes and aspirations.”

Twelve years ago, Stephanie left a career as a Fortune 500 corporate trainer to pursue her passion getting a degree in Interior Design. She loves assisting each client in realizing their personal definition of “Live Beautifully”.

Susan Seeberg

Wintrust Mortgage

- Senior Mortgage Consultant -​

Throughout her twenty year career as a loan originator for Wintrust Mortgage, Susan has assisted customers with securing the perfect mortgage. She has the expertise and experience to get you the right mortgage and to handle your transaction with professional precision. Backed by a team with over fifty years of loan origination, you can expect the best that Wintrust has to offer. Wintrust lends in all fifty states and offers conventional, FHA, VA, and IHDA loan programs. Wintrust also offers one-close construction loans and have a great portfolio option as well to assist with loans that may have special circumstances.

D: (847) 418-2825    C: (847) 712-6021     

Jim Thompson

Happ In

- Advertising and Marketing Coordinator-​

Jim Thompson is Advertising and Marketing Coordinator for the Happ Inn. Jim is involved in several community organizations and enjoys volunteering in the Winnetka-Northfield area. His background includes managerial background with some of Chicago’s higher volume and more recognized restaurant groups and locations, including Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises locations and corporate office, Aurelio’s Pizzeria, O’Briens Restaurant and Bar, and Runza Restaurants company in Lincoln NE for over 14 years. Promoting Happ Inn’s outstanding reputation as the place to go on the North Shore. For nine years, its restaurant and bar, in house banquet space, and catering business have proven to be an important part of the North Shore. By networking and community involvement, Jim’s objective is to increase awareness and participation of Happ Inn within our communities. Jim enjoys Notre Dame home and away football games, visiting his family’s summer home in Sisters Lake Michigan, and attending country music festivals.