John Maxon is shown outside the historic Water Tower landmark in Chicago, one of the few buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire of Oct. 1871. John served as preisdent of the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC from 1998 to 2000 while he was in DC working as the federal government affairs representative for Commonwealth Edison. John returned to Chicago in 2002 to work for the Illinois Coalition and in 2004 he became Pesident & CEO of the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association, the principal business development and community advocate for Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. Prior to joining GNMAA in 2004, he was president of the Illinois Coalition, the association of Illinois’ research universities, national laboratories, large technology corporations, and tech-driven entrepreneurs.. Prior to that he held various management positions in operations and government affairs at ComEd for nearly 32 years, including 11 years as the company’s Washington lobbyist. John graduated from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois with a BA degree om 1968 and Northwestern University (MBA 1976). He and his wife Jennifer have two adult children, Pres and Liz. His personal interests include Chicago history and architecture, photography, playing bluegrass guitar, and driving his 1941 Packard.