Community Involvement

Suzanne is a Co-Founder and the Treasurer of Local First Chicago, a not-for-profit organization formed to educate members of the public, business leaders and local governments regarding the economic and social benefits provided by locally owned and independent businesses in Chicago. 

Suzanne also serves on the Board of Directors for the Dill Pickle Food Cooperative, on the Advisory Committee for FamilyFarmed EXPO and as an advisor to BIG (Blacks in Green).

Suzanne Keers

Business Operations Expert

Suzanne Keers is a business consultant specializing in helping business owners grow and optimize their companies.  She has 25 years of experience in consulting and management with deep knowledge of quality management, process improvement and general management.  

Prior to founding Main Street Innovations, Suzanne was the Chief Operating Officer for Innoveer Solutions, Inc.  Innoveer Solutions is a Customer Relationship Management consulting firm that provides planning, strategy, integration and management services to ensure positive outcomes in the areas of business growth, internal efficiency and customer value.  Suzanne was responsible for the worldwide operation of Innoveer’s offices in Boston, New York, London, Amsterdam and India.  

Other positions that Suzanne has held include: COO for Pyxis International, an international Internet services firm; Group Manager for Cambridge Technology Partners’ Midwest and MidAtlantic Management Consulting Practices; and Director of Management Engineering at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center.

Suzanne holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Certificate in Liberal Arts from the Basic Program at the University of Chicago.  Suzanne has served as an evaluator for the Malcolm Baldrige Business Excellence Award and the Illinois Lincoln Award for Excellence.