The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce (NACC) hosted its third annual Four Under 40 Achievement Awards on Monday, April 23, 2018. The event recognized four young professionals in the Naperville community who demonstrate excellence in the following: leadership in community, leadership in business, excellence in career and life balance.
The event recognized the following honorees:
Kristin Giannini of White Eagle Golf Club
Kristin Giannini started her Naperville journey with Topgolf, as an event sales manager and a platinum sales manager. Since then, she has transitioned to White Eagle Golf Club as the director of clubhouse operations. She is a mother to two toddler boys, Jackson and Harrison, who are only 15 months apart. Kristin is originally from Illinois but was living in Nashville, Tennessee, when she took a position with Topgolf.
While in Nashville, she was a restaurant and bar owner, known also as the “singing bartender.” Giannini loves working in Naperville, especially because it has allowed her to become active in the local community. She is involved in several organizations and is also a board member for the Rotary Club of Naperville and the Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.
Raj Patel of The Hari Group
Raj Patel serves as president of The Hari Group, a franchise and real estate development company based in Naperville. He has always known that he did not belong behind a desk and made it his goal to never “sit still.” He found his calling when he co-founded The Hari Group.
Since then, Patel has actively pushed to change the landscape of Naperville, by not only opening new restaurants, but also working on developing real estate within the community. Currently, he serves on the North Central College Board of Trustees, and on the board of the Naperville Heritage Society. He was also recently recognized by the Franchise Times, naming him a Dealmaker of the Year.
Omar Sandoval of the Naperville Park District
Omar Sandoval started with the Naperville Park District in February 2008 as a part-time IT helpdesk technician. He was then promoted to network engineer/network administrator in June 2010. In 2014, when Naperville was determining what to do with their IT department, Sandoval was promoted to IT manager. Among his other accomplishments is an app that he conceptualized, developed, tested and released that became the park district’s first mobile IOS and Android app. This app was later copyrighted and patented. In January 2017, Sandoval was promoted to director of information technology.
He is the current vice president of marketing for Government Management Information Systems of Illinois. He also currently mentors and coaches high school students in District 203’s INCubatoredu.
Additionally, Sandoval is involved with his mother, father and extended family and friends, operating a nonprofit organization that supports residents in their home state of Durango, Mexico, to fundraise and donate items that support public safety, public utilities and elementary schools. A high point of their efforts was realized in late 2017 when they were able to purchase and transport an ambulance to this community. Previously, the closest ambulance transport would have come from over two hours away.
AdreAnne Tesene of Two Bostons
AdreAnne Tesene opened the first Two Bostons in Downtown Naperville with her husband Andy in 2005 with the dream of improving the lives of people and pets through fun and education. Now, with four stores and thousands of pets’ lives improved, Two Bostons is continuing to grow and have fun while supporting great customers and communities like Naperville.
Her areas of expertise include marketing, social media, leadership, and envisioning possibilities. Her passions include her family (two cats, two dogs, two human kids, and one amazingly patient husband), her Two Bostons team and making sure Two Bostons is living its core values.
Two Bostons is locally and internationally known for great events, superb education, high standards and engaged community involvement.