TONY JOHANSSON - PRESIDENT

Tony Johansson

Toni (Tony) Johansson has been President of Finnish-American Chamber of Commerce – Midwest (FACC-Midwest) since 2018.  Johansson has served on the FACC Board since 2006.  Earlier at FACC, Johansson was President from 2009-2014 and Vice President at two different times. 

Professionally, Johansson has 20 years of experience in the retained executive search business.  Johansson conducts retained searches from the Director to C-Suite for Fortune 500, Middle-Market and Private/Private-Equity owned companies. 

Johansson is Partner, and founding member, of Paul Ray & Company Executive Search based in Chicago, Illinois.  Founded in 2007, Paul Ray & Company is a boutique retained executive search firm specializing in branded Consumer (CPG/FMCPG) and Industrial Products as well as Retail Markets.  Earlier, Johansson worked for a top-10 global retained executive search firm, A.T. Kearney Executive Search, in the Consumer and Industrial practice since 2000.

Johansson began his career with Motorola Inc.’s Solutions, Infrastructure and Iridium Satellite Communications businesses. From 1997-2000, Johansson worked in Human Resources/Talent and Supply Chain and EH&S functions for the Fortune 100 company. Johansson is a graduate of the University of Vermont.

Johansson was born in Finland and resides in Barrington, Illinois with his wife Katie (a Silversmith and Jewelry Artist) and their two children.  In his free time, Johansson is an Ice Hockey coach.

JOHANNA HAUKI - SECRETARY

Johanna Hauki

Johanna relocated from Tampere to Chicago in the mid-1990s, discovered the Finnish American Chamber of Commerce Midwest shortly thereafter, and has enjoyed the company of local Finns and friends ever since. She is a member of FACC's communications and cultural committees, and former Midwest editor of Headlines magazine.

Professionally, Johanna has held a wide range of marketing communications roles, currently with Health Care Service Corporation, the largest customer-owned health insurer in the U.S. (better known in Chicagoland as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois).

Johanna's prior adventures include freelance marketing consulting, a stint as a creative director at a start-up company, and occasional Finnish voice-over gigs, following a decade as marketing manager and business writer/editor at a mid-size retail advertising agency. Off-duty, she performs classical music with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, serves on the Board of FACC Midwest, and volunteers with local non-profits.

Johanna earned her MBA in Marketing at Loyola University Chicago, and a Master of Economic Sciences degree at Åbo Academy University in Finland. She is fluent in Finnish, Swedish and English, and sings rather convincingly in 10 languages. Johanna lives in Glenview, a suburb of Chicago.

STEVE HOLLI

Steve Holli

Steve Holli is the Senior Vice President of Finance for GOLIN, a Chicago based Public Relations Firm. He is a global Senior Financial Executive with over 20 years of experience in finance, accounting, and business operations, with a consistent progression of growth and responsibilities. He is a proactive, strategic leader, with a broad background in different industries and experiences. He has extensive experience in leadership, FP&A, reporting, accounting, acquisitions, contracts (both client and real estate), business continuity and planning, information technology, human resources and compliance, business operations, and corporate communications. He is a driven leader that believes collaboration and continual improvement to drive business results and employee performance at all levels. Steve has worked for some of the top organizations in their respective industries including: ABN AMRO, AC Nielsen & Co., and Xerox Corporation.

Steve received a B.A. in Communication Studies from The University of Iowa. In addition, he furthered his education by completing a MBA with a Finance Concentration and a Masters of Science in Accounting, both from Dominican University. While at Dominican University he was inducted into the local chapter of Sigma Iota Epsilon, the national honorary and professional management fraternity. He went on to hold the positions of both Vice President and President of the local chapter.

Steve Holli Steve Holli is the Senior Vice President of Finance for GOLIN, a Chicago based Public Relations Firm. He is a global Senior Financial Executive with over 20 years of experience in finance, accounting, and business operations, with a consistent progression of growth and responsibilities. He is a proactive, strategic leader, with a broad background in different industries and experiences. He has extensive experience in leadership, FP&A, reporting, accounting, acquisitions, contracts (both client and real estate), business continuity and planning, information technology, human resources and compliance, business operations, and corporate communications. He is a driven leader that believes collaboration and continual improvement to drive business results and employee performance at all levels. Steve has worked for some of the top organizations in their respective industries including: ABN AMRO, AC Nielsen & Co., and Xerox Corporation.

Steve received a B.A. in Communication Studies from The University of Iowa. In addition, he furthered his education by completing a MBA with a Finance Concentration and a Masters of Science in Accounting, both from Dominican University. While at Dominican University he was inducted into the local chapter of Sigma Iota Epsilon, the national honorary and professional management fraternity. He went on to hold the positions of both Vice President and President of the local chapter.

Steve is currently the Co-Chair of the Advisory Board for the Brennan School of Business at Dominican University. He has been an active board member since 2005. In addition, Steve provides counseling and mentoring to Brennan students.

Steve’s Finnish roots stem from his paternal great-grandparents whom emigrated from Finland and settled in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. His Finnish heritage is a proud and important part of his life.

JON JURVA - Honorary Consul of the Republic of Finland

Jon Jurva

Professionally, Jon is a partner in the Chicago-based law firm, Schiff Hardin LLP. He concentrates his practice in corporate and securities matters. He focuses his practice on representing foundations, endowments, funds of funds and other institutional investors in making and exiting real estate, venture capital, private equity and hedge fund investments. In addition, Jon represents general partners in the formation and operation of a variety of private investment funds and funds of funds. Jon calls on his experience in representing both general partners and limited partners to help clients craft workable solutions to resolve such matters. He also regularly advises private and public companies on mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions. Jon has counseled a wide variety of start-up ventures through their initial organization and fundraising. Clients appreciate Jon’s reasoned and pragmatic approach to guiding transactions to closing while closely protecting their interests.

In addition to serving on the FACC Board, Jon acts as Finland’s Honorary Consul in Chicago. As Honorary Consul, Jon’s focus is promoting commercial and economic relations between Chicago and Finland, cultural relations, and helping Finnish citizens with respect to consular business.

Jon is proud of his Finnish heritage. From growing up among the Finnish-American community in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula and visiting relatives in Finland, Jon developed a deep appreciation for Finnish culture and society.

HELENA "HENNA" KOIVISTO

Helena Koivisto

Henna has been an active board member of FACC Midwest since the 1990s, holding various officer positions such as Vice President and Secretary, and actively participating in the business, golf and cultural committees, most recently the Suomi-100 Centennial Gala.

Her professional background is in international B2B sales and marketing both in Europe and the United States. Having personally relocated and invested in residential real estate, she then launched a career as a Residential Realtor representing @properties, the leading independent brokerage in Illinois and #1 real estate firm in Chicago. (Whatever your real estate needs are – whether locally, nationally or globally – Henna is here to assist you either directly or through her extensive network of realtor connections worldwide.)

Henna has a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing from her native Finland. A longtime resident of Chicago, she is enjoying the best of both worlds: Europe and the U.S. In her spare time, she is promoting all things relating to Finland and our fabulous city of Chicago. You may find her attending some of the many cultural treasures we are privileged to enjoy here (The Art Institute, CSO, Lyric Opera…) – or enjoying the local forest preserves and parks with her rescue dog, Fawnie.

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PAULA KOLSI

Paula Kolsi

Paula’s expat years began in 2006 when her previous employer, Myllykoski Paper, sent her over to Chicago, IL to assist in process engineering at their area facility. After the plant was sold to a national investment group, she became a permanent fixture in the US-American printing and writing paper industry. She later held several positions in process engineering, product development and quality control at different paper mills in Illinois and Oregon. Paula currently works with the specialty paper and construction supplies company USG at their Chicago office. As a whole, her tenure in paper industry extends over 25 years, making her familiar with the challenges and demands of this everchanging trade.

Paula has been affiliated with FACC Midwest throughout most of her time in the US and enjoys working with the group of fellow Finns and Finnish-spirited personalities. After moving back to Chicago, she again had the opportunity to continue working with FACC-Midwest. In her free time, Paula takes advantage of the abundance of local cultural events. As a typical Finn, she loves the great outdoors, which fits well together with her other passion photography.

SIMO J. LAHTINEN

Paula Kolsi

Board Member to the FACC – Midwest. Founder, Owner and President of Capteeni Oy and Capteeni LLC. Chairman to the Board, Uretek Worldwide Oy. Offices in Chicago, IL, Philadelphia, PA as well as regional offices in Melbourne, FL and Helsinki, Finland. Lived in the US for twelve years in New York City, NY, Memphis, TN, Clearwater Beach, FL, Fairfield IA and more recently Chicago, IL. Third Generation Entrepreneur in the U.S. market. Mr. Lahtinen consulted European companies in 45 US States in Defense & Aerospace, Medical Devices & Equipment, Consumer products, Electronics, Furniture, Forestry equipment, Energy production, railroads, construction, construction equipment, small machinery, health & wellness, ITC, pet products as well as the marine segment. He has successfully taken several companies from Finland to the U.S. market.

Strengths: U.S. Market Entry, building dealer networks, finding importers, setting up sales meetings as well as general, sales and cultural consulting.

BENJAMIN WHEELER

Ben Wheeler

Ben Wheeler is a board member of the Finnish-American Chamber of Commerce – Midwest (FACC-Midwest) and joined the FACC-Midwest in 2014. He served as the Secretary in 2014, was elected Vice President in 2015 followed by being elected President in 2016. Ben graduated from Lake Forest College in 2013 and is graduating in 2019 with his Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy from Wheaton College Graduate School. Prior to going to graduate school, Ben worked for the Boy Scouts of America for three years as a District Executive in the Chicago and Washington, D.C. offices.

His mother’s family is originally from Kuopio and has Finnish lineage on his father’s side as well. Ben is passionate and enthusiastic about all things Finnish, especially Finnish design and or manufactured products. During Ben’s work with couples he integrates the principles of the Finnish word “sisu” because he believes it is one of the most important qualities to have in modern relationships and love.

ROBERT MISEY

Robert Misey

Rob Misey is Chair of the International Department at the law firm of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.  He attended Vanderbilt University and Georgetown University.  Rob’s practice focuses on European companies entering the United States.  His portfolio of Finnish clients includes companies in the manufacturing, distribution, energy industries.

Rob is a Vice-Chair of the ABA’s International M&A and Joint Venture Committee and has published several books, including a “Practical Guide to U.S. Taxation of International Transactions.”    He is an adjunct faculty member of the Marquette University School of Law.

Rob has been married for 28 years and enjoys hockey, horse racing, and hunting in his spare time.

MATTHEW CUNLIFFE

Matthew Cunliffe

An international relation and international trade specialist, Matthew Cunliffe has served on the Board of Directors since 2015 and currently handles market entry and international relations for FACC-Midwest. He holds his BA in European Union Studies and Asian Studies from Lake Forest College and his MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago.

Matthew's professional background centers on European Union affairs, global economic development, and US market entry for European firms. Prior to joining the FACC, he directed a non-profit in Guinea, West Africa leading economic development projects, after which he worked in European politics conducting leading research for the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Relations during the 2016 US presidential elections.

Today Matthew serves as a US market entry expert for the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, advising German, Finnish and Danish firms on their US market entry strategy.

In addition to his academic and professional background on Europe, Matthew has a personal interest in the culture, history, and politics of Finland—specifically Finland’s diplomatic strategy in the months leading up to the Winter War.

A native of Los Angeles, California and Richmond, Kentucky, Matthew is now a resident of Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood.

JOHN C. JOHNSON

John C. Johnson

John Johnson is a long-time member of the FACC-Midwest Board. He is the owner and operator of C. Johnson Signs. This family-owned business has been based in Franklin Park since 1943 and has employed more than 80 local residents over the years.

John also serves as Trustee for the Village of Franklin Park, as the Finance Chairman and Chair of the Events Committee. As a member of the United States Coast Guard, he is active in the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and has held elected and appointed positions at the local and national levels. He has been awarded Meritorious Awards for his work by this volunteer organization. Additionally, John has been a member of the American Legion for 31 years, currently a member of Post 0974.

John is a member of the Franklin Park/Schiller Park Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Sign Association, and serves on the Board of The Crossings at Franklin Station Condominium Association.

John and his wife of more than 40 years, Carol, live in Franklin Park.

CHARLES PETERSON

Charles Peterson

Charles Peterson is Professor of Communication Arts and Executive Director of the Center for Scandinavian Studies at North Park University in Chicago.  He received his PhD in Radio-TV-Film from Northwestern University.  During seven years living and teaching in Sweden and Norway, Dr. Peterson researched the political economy of television in Sweden.  He also had the opportunity to study Sami culture in Norway, Sweden, and Finland.

At North Park University he expanded the Swedish-American profile of the university to include all five countries of the Nordic region.  He established exchange programs and brought guest professors, performers, and artists to the campus to benefit students, faculty, and the Scandinavian-American community of Chicago.

JONNA KOENITZER

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Jonna Koenitzer is a Wisconsin native, as well as a dual citizen of Finland and the USA. She holds a BA in Human Development & Psychology from DePaul University and continued her studies at Adler University with an MA in Family Therapy and a Health Coach certificate.

Currently, Jonna practices as a Social-Emotional Counselor and teaches Preschool in Lincoln Square. Previously she was an Art Teacher and Kindergarten Teacher within the same community.  She has been a respected member of the school’s Climate Committee and Athletic Board.

As a Health Coach, Jonna combines her experience as a therapist with her passion for wellness and her knowledge of the Finnish lifestyle. This includes focusing on minimalistic mindsets and plastic waste reduction. She is currently working towards sharing the impressive Finnish recycling system in hopes to potentially help the current systems within the Midwestern United States.

Jonna splits her time between Chicago, Milwaukee, and Lahti, Finland.