CEO, Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce
Occupation: Joshua Gunn is president and chief executive officer of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, the largest business advocacy organization in central Illinois. Representing more than 1,000 businesses with over 60,000 employees, the chamber seeks to build a vibrant, thriving Peoria economy.
Community Involvement: He is a board member of the National Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, Community Foundation of Central Illinois, Tri-County Urban League, ELITE Community Outreach, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Central Illinois, and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
Education: Bachelor of Arts, psychology, North Carolina A&T State University
Three things he’s passionate about: Economic equity or closing the racial wealth gap; DEI, or diversity, equity and inclusion; music
Three favorite hobbies: Spending time with his family, creating music, basketball
Career influence or inspiration: “My inspiration has always been achieving those things that others think are impossible and helping people in my community do the same.”
Inspirational quote: “Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people don’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It is not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we our liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson
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