Meet Shalom

A dynamic entrepreneur with notable, energetic marketing talent, consistently inspired to develop new opportunity through avid community networking and expert use of highly effective communication skill; dedicated to fully developing ideas – taking project through full life cycle while implementing strategic financial and public management; exceptional commitment to creating political connections for purpose of cultivating economic and job growth development in new/expanded areas.

Shalom serves as Principal of The Vela Group, VP at Midwestern Career College and Director of Marketing at Certified Health Management. As Vice President, Shalom Klein has grown, managed and developed Moshe Klein, & Associates and MKA Receivables. Shalom oversees a staff of more than 10 associates and the operations of three offices, as well as handling client relationships and consulting opportunities. Shalom also oversees a college and career program at Fasman Yeshiva High School, Hanna Sachs Bais Yaakov and Lubavitch Girls High School.

As Founder of Jewish B2B Networking and Jewish Business News, Shalom Klein saw a need in the small business and Jewish communities and created the vision for what is now the premiere business and employment networking organization across the Midwest. Shalom plans and runs events, oversees volunteers, meets with members / participants, and consults with other organizations in how to plan similar resources. Shalom also was engaged in December 2013 to become the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Council of West Rogers Park, leading marketing and economic development efforts in the Chicago community, which includes Devon Avenue.

Shalom has been the recipient of Keshet’s 2013 Community Service Award, the ATT’s Young Leadership Award, multiple proclamations from the Illinois General Assembly, Senate, City of Chicago and the Villages of Lincolnwood, Evanston, and Skokie. Shalom earned his Certificate in Jewish Leadership from Northwestern University and Master of Arts degree in Jewish Professional Studies with a concentration in non-profit management along with a Certificate in Jewish Arts Education from Spertus Institute. Shalom is a bone marrow donor and received honorary initiation from the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, and has been named “Jewish Community Hero” by Jewish Federations of North America and listed as one of the “36 under 36” by the Jewish United Fund. Shalom’s work has been discussed twice on the floor of the United States Congress.

Shalom is also involved in the following community organizations and initiatives:

Chairman, Economic Development Commission – Village of Skokie

Vice Chairman, Professional Leadership Board – Keshet

Founder and Steering Committee Member – Dempster Street Merchants Association

Co-Chairman – Chicago Yachad

Communications and Government Affairs Committees – Jewish United Fund / Jewish Federation

Board of Directors – Skokie Caucus Party

Small Business Advisory Board – United States Senator Mark Kirk’s Office

Job Creation Advisory Board – Illinois State Treasurer’s Office

Advisory Board Member – ORT Technical Institute

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