As the founder of LOCAL219 and resident of Crown Point, Alan has served as the President of the Crown Point Chamber of Commerce since November 2019. He strongly believes in the power of building meaningful relationships and the prosperity of local businesses and looks forward to seeing that come to fruition within the Crown Point community. In his personal life, Alan is married to his wife Amber and has two young children, Brooklyn and Jude, and loves spending his free time chasing his kids around, watching sports, reading, and listening to music.
Morgan Gerolimos is an Attorney with O'Drobinak & Nowaczyk P.C. and the Vice President of the CP Chamber. Born and raised in Crown Point, Morgan has remained a life-long resident and is now raising her only family in Crown Point. After graduating from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, she attended Valparaiso University Law School, where she simultaneously earned a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA). With strong ties and sentiment to and for the Crown Point Community, she enjoys contributing her efforts to the local business's success and growth.
Director of Memberships
Lauren Zurbriggen is a resident of Crown Point with her husband Carl Zurbriggen (Crossroads YMCA) and daughter Scarlett. She serves as Membership Chair - ready to answer questions and welcome new members! She has been the Financial Education and Community Outreach Coordinator at Centier Bank since 2019. Her jam is connecting organizations and individuals in the community with financial education and philanthropic support! She is passionate about community service, particularly on causes that support women and girls. She enjoys volunteering with the St. Jude House and Girls on the Run NWI and being an awesome mom.
Director of Events
Mackenzie was born and raised in Crown Point, employed at Choose Chicago (City of Chicago's Convention and Tourism Bureau) since 2019. Mackenzie has also been a Real Estate Broker for Frame Property Network, INC since 2020, and a proud member of Tri Kappa since 2021 and loves giving back to the community and being involved as much as possible!
Director of Marketing
Mat Barbur proudly oversees Marketing efforts for the Crown Point Chamber of Commerce with the goal of making the Chamber the strongest voice for small businesses throughout our area. As the owner of Thursday Social Company (located in Crown Point) and Marketing Manager at WeCreate Media in Valparaiso, Mat has years of experience in helping small businesses throughout the Region (and specifically Crown Point) establish themselves digitally. He lives in Winfield with his wife, Kaitlin, and their son, Lincoln. You'll frequently find him at the Dean & Barbara White Southlake YMCA or at Nu Yeer Games in Crown Point.
● Joe Sanders – wife Carol, kids Sam Sanders and Sophy Rodd (both kids CP residents as well)
● NWI lifelong resident, Crown Point Resident since 1988.
● Executive Vice President of Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, Indiana. (employed with Ozinga since 1996)
Adam Graper is married to Kara with their children Ava, Josh, and AJ. Adam is a 6th Generation Crown Point Area Resident. He is a Purdue graduate with a Bachelors in Political Science and Central Studies in International Law and Terrorism. Adam is a Leadership NWI Graduate. He has been the director of PACE (Parks, Athletics, Communications, & Entertainment) of the city of Crown Point since 2021, a media relations and technology director for the town of Crown Point since 2008, and Governmental Affairs Director to Crown Point since 2006. In 2021 he was the recipient of the under 40 awards.
David has been married to his wife Jeri for 34 years, and together they have four grown children. David has been the owner of Bryan's florist since 2000. He is the owner and founder of Crown Brewing 2008 and the owner of Bryridge Development. David is a lifelong lake county resident and a 26 year Crown Point resident. He is vice president of the Lake courthouse foundational and a Corporate Board member of crossroads YMCA.
Zack Bryan is one of the founders and past treasurer of the Crown Point Chamber of Commerce. Zack comes from a family of small business owners where he learned at a young age the value small businesses generate for a local economy. Zack’s goal is to have the chamber encourage economic growth in Crown Point by attracting and retaining top-tier employment opportunities. Additionally, he proudly represents the citizens of Crown Point as the President of the Crown Point City Council. Zack and his wife Katie live near the square and enjoy visiting the local stores and restaurants.
Kate Rather is a lifelong resident of Crown Point and is the owner, and Executive Chef, of Green is Good by Kate. She has over 17 years of experience in restaurants. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Purdue University in 2010. She apprenticed at Rick Bayless' Frontera Grill and Topolobampo Restaurant, located in Chicago, IL, in 2011. She supplied catering for special events hosted by the president of Purdue University, and in 2012 Chef Kate graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New York. In 2013 Chef Kate began her journey with Green is Good by Kate. In the years since she has opened, Kate has played an essential role in supporting the community and was acknowledged for that by being named Most Influential Woman in Service & Tourism in 2018. Green is Good by Kate prepares ready-to-eat "Grab 'n' Go" wraps, salads, sandwiches, soups, and sides. Many of the items Chef Kate prepares are Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Allergy Friendly. The menu changes seasonally and features weekly specials. Chef Kate was determined to merge quality and freshness within a grab-n-go restaurant concept. She did just that by using all organic and locally sourced produce and meat, providing healthier options for the person on the go without sacrificing flavor.
Charlotte is Married to Corey Liss and together they have three adult sons, and four beautiful grandchildren. She was a NWIIWA Award Recipient in 2021 and has been an IN P&C Licensed Agent since 1996. She is a Marketing Manager for CARSTAR Liss Auto Body, and her husband Corey is a third-generation owner, family-owned and operated since 1946. Together, Corey and Charlotte opened a second CARSTAR location in 2017. Charlotte is passionate about community and helping others. Philanthropy and building healthy connections and long-term relationships with others is a priority. The Crown Point Chamber of Commerce helps her achieve this passion.
Zach was born and raised in Crown Point, and he is a 2010 CPHS Grad who studied at Wabash College. Upon graduating, he moved back to lovely CP to join his family's proud CP business roots. Zach's family has operated businesses in Crown Point for over a Century. He started with Hugo Breuckman's Meat Market on the square and moved on to Pete and Son's Automotive Repair. Zach is a third-generation part-owner of Pete's alongside his Uncle (Pete Jr.) and Father (Joe). Zach and his wife are also the proud owners of the Crown Point and Valparaiso Board and Brush Creative Studios. He has another business partner Jon Halloran, and they started Hub City Bbq. Zach and his wife (Alyssa) have two little boys. When Zach is not fixing cars, cutting wood, or smoking meat, you will find him with his family, friends, or on the golf course.
Allen Panté is an energetic business leader in Crown Point, Indiana married to his wife Becky, with two kids, Molly and Tyler. Allen is the current president and managing partner of Phil & Son, Inc. He is a security technology overseer, ensuring operation and making sure the company is well-positioned. He has been in the security tech industry for over 25 years. He sits on multiple advisory boards within the industry driving new technologies and products alongside the world's largest security manufacturers.
Trey is a partner at the Law Offices of Smith and Fankhauser, P.C. in Merrillville, Indiana. He also serves on the board for the Lake Court House Foundation, the Southshore Skipping Stones, and the NWI Fellowship of Christian Athletes.