The luncheon will be held at the Elgin Country Club, 2575 Weld Road, Elgin with networking at 11:30 a.m., luncheon and program at noon. Meetings adjourn promptly at 1:30 p.m. Cost for members is $22.00 and non members - $25.00. Area women business owners and managers are welcome to attend this month’s presentation. Reservations must be made for attendance online at the new website, www.wimfoxvalley.org.
Led by moderator and WIM member Nancy Guthrie, president, Business Matters in Elgin, Ms. Bear will discuss her business experience and how she was one of the very first female Owner/Operators and Franchisees of a McDonald’s restaurant, and the first female to be elected to the Board of Directors of the McDonald’s Owners of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (MOCNI).
The first McDonald’s restaurant owned and managed by Bear was started on Larkin Avenue in Elgin, with her husband Jerry in 1967. Together with their sons, Marc and David, the organization has grown successfully in the Elgin community. Bear has been able to employ thousands of local young men, women and their parents, and trained many for management and mid-management capacities in the restaurants. Whenever possible, local vendors and suppliers have been given priority during the last 47 years.
Bear’s professional journey began as a Clerk to the Secretary of the Commanding General of the U.S. Army in Paris, France. When she returned to the United States, she worked for the McDonald’s Corporation and was the secretary to Fred Turner, past chairman of the board.
Over that time, Bear has supported many Elgin charities including two hospitals, Presence Saint Joseph Hospital and Advocate Sherman Hospital, Cubs Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, many churches and participated in most civic events.
Bear has been the recipient of many recognitions, including the Beatrice Dorsey Award for Business from the Elgin Area YWCA Leader Luncheon, the AAEB Retail Business Award, the School District U-46 Business Partner of the Year Award, the Elgin Area YWCA Leader Luncheon Corporate Business Award,
and most recently the Illinois Family Business of the Year Award for Community Service by Loyola University Quinlan School of Business.
She and her husband, Jerry, have four sons, Marc, Brian, David and Kevin and seven grandchildren.
“We look forward to hearing Marcelle Bear, a truly inspiring person and business woman,” said Dana Vierck, president of WIM Fox Valley. “The Bearco Management local McDonald’s restaurants have become an integral part of our community.”
Vierck has been a member of WIM Fox Valley since 2007. She is Director of Development for the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO).
Women in Management Fox Valley was founded in 1984. Members are comprised of professionals in six categories: academic; corporate; entrepreneur; government; licensed, degreed professional; and not-for-profit. Area women managers/business owners are invited to join.