Board of Directors

Peg Berta

P.O. Box 707
Seneca, IL 61360
Administrative Assistant

Interest is: To serve on a board whose goal is to perpetuate, primarily industrial growth but also commercial and retail ventures as well.

I believe our focus as the port district board is to facilitate and encourage economic growth opportunities. This will in turn strengthen our communities by providing jobs, fortifying local economics and improving the overall quality of life for all of us. Aside from promoting new, we need to retain and enhance what we already have. The port district board has substantial powers to pursue economic development and the flexibility to take advantage of opportunities that are presented. We need to work with Economic Development Councils and surrounding communities to assure that this happens. Eighteen years on Port District/Port Authority board, currently serving on the Illinois River Area Chamber of Commerce board, previously served on the local library board, parks and recreation board and the church council. Peg is currently the Secretary for the Port District Board and Vice-Chair for the Seneca Port Operation Co.

Joe Green

Retired in 2002 after 42 years of service with Caterpillar Inc. My work experience includes Manufacturing, Quality and Engineering assignments in supervisory thru Mid-Management positions. I was involved in worldwide manufacturing programs with contacts and frequent travel to Japan and Europe.

I was a member of the group that founded Seneca Rural Fire Protection District, have served on various committees for St. Patrick's Church and was a 4-H leader for several years.

The family farm is South of Seneca and 3 generations of my family live or work in the Seneca area. My interest in the Port District is to support viable new business and job opportunities by using my career and life experiences to evaluate new proposals and opportunities. Joe is currently the Chair for the Seneca Port Operating Co. and serves on the Board of Directors for the Grundy Economic Development Council (GEDC).

John Lamb

301 Shipyard Rd
Seneca, IL 50 Years
Operating Engineer (Heavy Equipment Operator) Construction Industry for 44+ years (retired)

My goal as a 20 year plus member is to continue being fair and open minded on all issues that come to our table. One of our greatest challenges was negotiating our Terminal Lease with CF Industries but we met that challenge and currently have a great tenant. We have all the ingredients for Industry to locate in our area but we just need some good exposure. Presently serving first term as commissioner for the Village of Seneca.

Michael F. Marchiando

175 W. Lincoln Street
Seneca, IL

Michael comes to the Seneca Regional Port District after a successful career in the private business sector. He has owned and operated his own business in the lighting supplies distribution arena. After selling his business he went into semi-retirement in 1993 and moved with his family to Seneca from Glen Ellyn, IL. where he has lived for the past 20 years. Mike has been a member of the Seneca Regional Port District for a number of years and stated that he "just wanted to be involved in the community" so that he could better utilize his managerial and leadership strengths. Mike also is strongly committed/involved with the Seneca American Legion. Mike is currently the Vice-Chair of the Seneca Port District.

Stephen A. Spangler

Steve brings experience to the board from former occupations including farming, safety professional, science teacher, state representative, hydraulic builder and heavy equipment operator. He believes that business and industry are the backbone of every community, providing jobs, business for local merchants and an expanded tax base as well as opportunity for growth. Steve looks forward to the goal of finding businesses to locate in the enterprise zone and Village of Seneca's local TIF properties.

William Steep

Bill has been affiliated with the Seneca Regional Port District since its inception in 1961 and is currently serving as the Chairman. He is a native of Seneca and is a retired President from First Midwest Bank Seneca after 45 years of service. He is also a former mayor of the Village. Economic Development of the area is his motivation to continue to serve the Port District and the area as a whole. Bill has been married to Lois for over 50 years, has four children and many grandchildren.

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