James C. Tyree Elected Chairman of The Executives' Club of Chicago Board; The Executives' Club of Chicago Elects Twenty-Five Chicago Business Luminaries as Officers and Directors

James C. Tyree has been elected Chairman of the Board of The Executives' Club of Chicago, one of the nation's top three business forums. Mr. Tyree, who is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mesirow Financial, started his service of a one-year term on July 1, 2006, together with fellow officers Richard Vie, first vice chairman (Chairman & CEO, Unitrin); Robert Parkinson, Jr., second vice chairman (Chairman, CEO & President, Baxter International); Carl Vander Wilt, treasurer (Chairman & CEO, CenTrust Bank); and John Conroy, Jr., secretary (Chairman of the Executive Committee, Baker & McKenzie).

The Executives' Club also elected a slate of directors to serve for a two-year term expiring June 30, 2008. It includes: Christopher Begley (CEO, Hospira); John Cruickshank (Publisher, Chicago Sun-Times); Roger Deromedi (Former CEO, Kraft Foods); William Doyle (President & CEO, PotashCorp); John Estey (President & CEO, S&C Electric Company); Michael Ferro, Jr. (Chairman & CEO, Click Commerce); Robert Fitzgerald (Senior Vice President, LaSalle Bank N.A.); Ilene Gordon (President, Food Packaging Americas, Alcan Inc.); Roberto Herencia (President, Banco Popular North America); Theo de Kool (Executive Vice President & Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, Sara Lee Corporation); Dustan McCoy (Chairman & CEO, Brunswick Corporation); Desiree Rogers (President, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, Peoples Energy Corporation); Terry Savage (President, Terry Savage Productions LTD); Samuel Scott III (Chairman, President & CEO, Corn Products International Inc.); David Speer (Chairman & CEO, Illinois Tool Works); David Storch (Chairman, President & CEO, AAR CORP.); Miles White (Chairman & CEO, Abbott); and Edward Zander (Chairman & CEO, Motorola).

Directors serving a one-year term expiring June 30, 2007 include James Compton (President & CEO, Chicago Urban League); and Adam Gutstein (CEO, DiamondCluster International).

The Executives' Club of Chicago (ECC) is a business forum for thought leadership, education and best business practices.

Founded in 1911, the ECC is one of the oldest organizations in the Midwest and one of Chicago's most prestigious with a membership of close to 1,900 senior level executives, professionals, civic leaders and members of the diplomatic corps. It serves Chicago's community by providing the information and resources needed to establish effective global partnerships; enhance intellectual exchange; develop future diverse business leaders; and promote Chicago as a world class business center.

The ECC offers over sixty programs yearly, including its nationally recognized Fortune 500 CEO Luncheon Series, Chicago CEO Breakfast Series, Technology Conferences, Women's Leadership Breakfast Series and a recently launched Young Leaders Initiative which includes a Young Leaders Board, Mentorship Program and Leadership Development Programs.

James C. Tyree serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Mesirow Financial, a diversified financial services firm. Jim's vision is to build a firm that offers clients a range of high-quality financial services. To accomplish this, he has assembled a team of experts in Investment Management, Investment Services, Insurance Services, Investment Banking, Consulting and Real Estate. During his tenure as CEO, he has led Mesirow Financial to unprecedented levels of growth in all areas of the business. Over the past ten years the firm has grown both internally as well as through over 40 acquisitions.

Tyree's entire career has been with Mesirow Financial, joining the firm in 1980 as a research associate and quickly rising through the ranks to be named president in 1990, chief executive officer in 1992 and chairman and chief executive officer in 1994.

Throughout his career, Tyree has served on more than 40 corporate, civic and not-for-profit boards of directors and has chaired more than ten of these boards. Tyree is chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International. In addition, Jim has held various leadership positions during the past 15 years with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Illinois Chapter, including serving as president of the board and as chairman of their annual gala. Currently, Jim is the member-at-large of the executive committee and a life member of the board of directors and was named its 2004 Person of the Year.

Mesirow Financial is a diversified financial services firm headquartered in Chicago. The firm is an employee-owned, private company with more than 1,100 employees in 30 locations across the country and in Puerto Rico. With $30 billion in assets under management, custody and advisory, Mesirow Financial is well capitalized and has been consistently profitable, with revenues over $364 million and $180 million in capital.

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