Jane Doyle, founder and executive director of the Center for Independent Futures, and Joe Romano, president of Romano Wealth Management, will be honored by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce on Jan 14. Dr. Doyle will receive the Non-Profit Award and Mr. Romano, the Small Businessperson of the Year.

The two were selected by past winners of those awards, who reviewed several nominations, said Chamber of Commerce executive director Elaine Kemna-Irish. They will be honored at the Chamber’s 94th annual meeting to be held at the Hilton Orrington Hotel from 5:30 til 9 p.m. The $55-per-person cost will include a buffet dinner and cocktails prepared by Chef Kerri Heiber of the Hilton Orrington.
 
The event will also include an exciting raffle with items from peace by piece, the AutoBarn Evanston, Duxler Tires, Downtown Evanston, NorthShore University HealthSystems and Koi Fine Asian Sushi & Lounge. First Bank & Trust is a major sponsor for the event.

Dr. Doyle founded the Center for Independent Futures in 2002. “My daughter,” she says, “was the inspiration for CIF.” Dr. Doyle saw a critical need to find programs which would give her own daughter and other people with disabilities an opportunity to grow, learn and live independently after high school.
 
Today CIF serves more than 600 individuals with disabilities by providing a full range of programs, support and education so that these individuals and their families have hope for a full life for their children, rather than one of isolation and despair.
  
CIF has become a model for other communities working to support young adults with disabilities.

Joe Romano was named president of Romano Wealth Management in 2003.
The firm was founded by his father, Richard and his uncle, Robert. Today Romano manages over $1 billion in funds for its clients and recently marked its 51st year of operation in Evanston.
 
Joe Romano directly oversees all day-to-day operations of the firm and leads the Investment Committee. He served as President of the Illinois Securities Industry Association (ISIA) from 2005-2007. He is currently a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) District 8 Committee and the FINRA Small Firm Advisory Board.
  
His civic commitments include board memberships on Connections for the Homeless and the Youth Job Center. He was appointed to the Firefighters Pension Review Board by Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and was an early sponsor of the highly successful Evanston Mash-Up. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and a former board member of the Evanston Chamber of Commerce.

Registration for the annual meeting is available by calling Jessica Vanden-Bergh at 847-328-1500, ext. 24 or emailing jessica@evchamber.com.