Chamber director optimistic over 2013
Updated: January 9, 2013 11:54AM
Sally Sprowl, executive director of the Glencoe Chamber of Commerce, is a woman on the move.
Sprowl, who grew up in Winnetka, feels comfortable traveling via car, or simply by foot, visiting Glencoe businesses, championing their mission.
She enjoys yoga classes, reading, getting together with friends, traveling, visiting museums and going to the movies and the theater.
Her son, Bobby, lives in Winnetka, and daughter Sarah resides in Palatine.
View Sally Sprowl’s webisode interview at www.glencoe.suntimes.com.
Q. Word down the line is you’re a North Shore original, correct?
A. Well, I grew up in Winnetka, lived there virtually all my life. In fact, I live in the house in which I grew up and where my children grew up. So they and I went to some of the same schools as a matter of fact, Crow Island School and then New Trier.
Q. So there’s a sense of history there?
A. Yes there certainly is, and I feel, you know, that it was a real pleasure to be able to grow up in this area on the North Shore and now work in Glencoe.
Q. What’s your career like?
A. Well, it’s a wonderful position. I get to do a lot of interesting things that varied, from event planning, to writing newsletters, to planning our annual meetings, various events in the summer and in the holidays.
Q. Why is Glencoe a great place to raise a family?
A. The superb school system, all of the amenities in this community. We have the Chicago Botanic Garden. There is also a number of galleries in this town. We have the lakefront, a wonderful park district, great transportation to the city where many of the people in this community work and a terrific library. I work at home so the library in Glencoe is really my home away from town.
Q. So what is your hope for the New Year?
A. Well, I think we are feeling very optimistic about 2013. You know, economists talk about green shoots and I think we’ve seen that happening, particularly, in 2012 after the recession. More and more storefronts in Glencoe are filling up and we’re very pleased to see that. We expect a new restaurant to be opening and there’s just a general sense of improvement in the economy, a more upbeat sense of businesses, either new ones, or existing ones, having an increased prosperity. I think of Glencoe has a small community, it’s one of the smaller towns on the North Shore but it has a lot of really sophisticated amenities.
Q. What is your New Year’s resolution?
A. My New Year’s resolution is to wish our Glencoe residents, business people, friends, family and neighbors a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.