Chris Herder
Director, 2019 Chamber Board of Directors

Chris is the General Manager of Herder Bros, a family-owned and operated business that is in its 100th year of business.

Herder Bros is a full service moving company and a regional freight hauler. The company traces its roots back to the Stockyards area of Chicago, hauling ice and coal. It was started by his grandfather Eugene Herder in 1920. Herder Bros is located in Frankfort and has been since 1977, serving the Will County area with distinction for over four decades. Once in a while, an old customer will call and the crew will venture back into the city.

After graduating from the College of St. Francis in 1991, Chris took over the day-to-day logistics from his father, John. Chris works in the office, does on-site estimates and drives the semi five days a week.

In his spare time, he plays in the Frankfort Brass Band as well as the Outcast Jazz Band. He serves on the Chamber's Concerts on the Green Committee and is on the boards of Frankfort Girls Softball and Operation Playground. He and his wife, Kim, also enjoy the various activities their six children are involved in. His oldest, Kara, also works for Herder Bros on the moving truck.

Chris is excited to be on the Chamber Board of Directors for his very first time.

5-minute Q & A

If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be?
Genghis Khan. It amazes me how he conquered so much, so fast then just stopped. Why? Maybe he got tired of the bland eastern European food.

If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and why?
Helen of Troy. I would love to see what “The face that launched a thousand ships” looked like.

Tell us a little bit about your family.
Kim and I have been married 25 years. We have 6 children and will be grandparents in the fall. Kara is the oldest and works for Herder Bros, 4thgeneration. Kate is a music teacher, taking a year off to maybe get her masters. Jesse has one semester left at EIU, graduating in December with a Marketing degree. Madi just graduated from JJC with an Associates Degree in Agriculture. Emma and John are still at Peotone High School. Emma spends most of her time with her softball team, The Nationals and John is an avid tuba player.

Tell us three things most people don’t know about you.
My worst fear is being covered head to toe in mayonnaise. I am a five time National Champion in Team Penning. I can’t sit on a beach for more than 15 minutes without wanting to leave and do something else.

What do you like most about your job?
I love the people we meet. And the funny thing is we get most people at their worst, moving day. If you look at the top 5 stresses in life, it’s way up there for most folks. Our crew loves to make it a pleasant experience. I always tell the crew if they can’t have fun on the job, why show up?

What else do you do for fun?
Every time we travel our family always visits a college or two. When you watch March Madness or college football and see some of these schools, it’s cool to say you’ve been there. Some of my favorite schools are Lehigh, Stanford and South Carolina.

What is your favorite movie and book?
Favorite movie is Young Frankenstein. That cast is possibly the funniest ever assembled. Plus Gene Wilder’s writing is off the charts. Favorite book is Go Dog Go. My mother used to read it to me and I enjoyed reading it to my children. I cannot wait to read it to our grandchildren.

Mark Giovanazzi
2019 Pre-Fest Set Up Chair

Mark lives in New Lenox and has raised three children with his wife, Gayle. A graduate of Marist High School and DePaul University, Mark and his business partner lead a financial advisor team, The Gio Group at Morgan Stanley, in Orland Park. 

Volunteering is part of his family’s tradition. Mark has made two trips to Nazareth Farm in West Virginia working on home repair and community outreach. He just returned from a mission trip to Puerto Rico with a group from St Jude Parish. Mark was President of the Lincoln-Way Central High School Music Boosters, chaperone and truck driver during his children’s days in the music programs. Mark was on the Lincoln-Way Foundation Board for five years and held the position of External VP. Mark has also held various board positions at the Frankfort Chamber including External VP and 2011 Fall Fest Chair.

"I joined the Chamber in 2000 thinking it would help me network for my business. I quickly realized that I liked the camaraderie and decided to volunteer for a few hours for Fall Fest. Those few hours in 2000 turned into a few more in 2001 and so on. Around 2006, I became the Parking Chair, 2010 the Fest Co-Chair and then Fall Fest Chair in 2011. I have been happy to serve every year including this year my 20th. I look forward to seeing more new faces and of course old friends."

5-minute Q & A

What do you like most about your job?
Working as an advisor for families I get the chance to make a difference in people’s lives. The important things to people are having enough to retire comfortably, provide for their kids and give back to the community. When we show them how they can accomplish that it’s a great feeling. 

Three words to best describe you?
Talkative (or never shuts up), Thoughtful, Honest
What does true leadership mean to you?
I believe it means teaching. You have to act the part that you expect others to follow. Leading by example. Leadership today has been put under very difficult pressure, no matter what leading role you have. Today’s society if far less trusting, making it harder for true leaders to succeed in their objectives. Being the coach, student mentor or office manager all falls back to teaching what is expected in an honest straightforward way. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to work outdoors in my gardens. I also enjoy cooking. They are both stress reducers.

Top three life highlights?
Seeing my children accomplish little and great things, Walking the Camino de Santiago Frances in 2017 (a 500- mile pilgrimage, walking with nothing but what’s on your back), knowing nothing about what’s next in life.