Illinois Manufacturers’ Association leader Greg Baise announces retirement
Greg Baise retired from his position as president and CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association on July 16.
“I’ve been a witness to great changes, economic challenges and global shifts that have been met by the men and women who belong to the IMA,” Baise said in a statement, according to the Chicago Tribune. “Their ability to adapt and overcome in very challenging times must be commended.”
Baise will focus on running the IMA’s for-profit political strategy and marketing firm Xpress Professional Services.
“Throughout my career, I’ve been an active participant in public policies that affect job creation and the economy,” Baise said. “I look forward to the next chapter where I can remain active in that arena.”
IMA Vice President and COO Mark Denzler will succeed Baise in the role of president and CEO in January.
“Manufacturing has played a key role in nearly every major historical event in our state’s history, and our sector is poised to help lead Illinois back to prosperity,” Denzler said. “We have some challenges ahead of us, but I am excited to lead this wonderful organization and build upon its strong foundation established over the last 125 years.”
Baise has more than four decades of experience in government and politics. Baise was a transportation secretary for former Gov. James Thompson, managed Illinois presidential campaigns for both Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and once ran for state treasurer.