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Frank Brisbois

Frank Brisbois

Director, Illinois Small Business Development and International Trade Center

Frank Brisbois, Director, joined the College of Lake County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as a business consultant in 2011. In 2012, the Center received an additional, new designation of International Trade Center (ITC) and Mr. Brisbois earned his certification as a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP). In 2013, he was named Director of the Illinois Small Business Development and International Trade Center and works with small businesses on a variety of issues to insure that they start strong and grow strong.

Previously, Mr. Brisbois worked at Lake County Partners and focused on the origination of Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 Loans, the packaging of SBA 7a Loan Guarantees and Industrial Revenue Bond financing. Mr. Brisbois has over 20 years’ experience working in commercial banking and has held management positions at LaSalle Bank, First Midwest Bank, Bank of Lakehurst, and Home Savings and Loan Association in Lake County. He has also worked in the Human Resources / Personnel Recruitment field.

Mr. Brisbois is a graduate of Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and received his Graduate School of Banking Degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Aaron Lawlor

Aaron Lawlor

County Board Chairman, Lake County Board

Aaron Lawlor was elected chairman of the Lake County Board in December of 2012 at the age of 30, becoming the youngest Board Chairman in the history of Lake County.

Aaron has served on the County Board since 2009 and is currently in his third term representing District 18, which includes all of Vernon Hills and Indian Creek as well as portions of Hawthorn Woods, Long Grove, Mundelein and unincorporated Lake County.

As Chairman, Aaron is working tirelessly to promote economic development, invest in transportation infrastructure and enact new measures to make government more accountable.

In 2014, Aaron was recognized by NBC’s Chuck Todd as one of six “Rising Stars” in Illinois politics.

Prior to joining the County Board, Aaron served in senior positions with Senator Mark Kirk and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. He was recognized as one of 40 emerging leaders selected from across the state for the inaugural class of the Governor Jim Edgar Fellows Program in 2012.

Aaron is a lifelong resident of Vernon Hills and a graduate of Libertyville High School. He holds a Bachelors of Arts from Lake Forest College and a Masters in Business Administration from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.