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Some of My Best Work (Lately)


Event planning
Project management
Public relations
Editing and proofreading
Corporate communications

Work experience

Apr 2003Present


Explorers Communications

Explorers Communications helps businesses and non-profits achieve their communications and marketing objectives by providing strategic communications, public relations and marketing services.  I bill hourly, and the rate varies by client.

Mar 1998Apr 2003

Vice President, Communications and Marketing Services

Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce

Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit, business membership based organization that served 2,000 member businesses throughout Chicagoland during my tenure; it was the 3rd largest Chamber in Illinois. I was responsible for directing and executing all internal and external marketing, communications and public relations, as well as serving as a member of the executive leadership team and managing the marketing staff.  My salary was $37,000.

Aug 1995May 1996

Membership Director

Danville Area Chamber of Commerce

Danville Area Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit, business membership based organization that served approximately 450 businesses from a four-town region during my tenure. I was responsible for membership recruitment and retention, corporate communications and committee management.

Oct 1994Apr 1995

Communications Specialist

Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce

The Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit, business membership based organization that served approximately 300 businesses in Lisle and surrounding suburbs during my tenure. I was responsible for all internal and external communications, assisted with marketing, and participated in committee and event management.



Certificate in Organization Management

US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management

Institute, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.  Graduates of Institute receive the IOM designation, signifying completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management.  Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually.


Bachelor of Arts

University of Illinois

Minor in Rhetoric & Communications

Honors & Activities:

Golden Key National Honor Society


Residence Hall Leadership

What Others Think

"It is a true honor to have you as our writer on this project. Not many individuals really understand what a chamber is all about. You're quite talented and really WOWed our president." --Mark Schenthal, Director of PR/Communications, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

"Heather Wachter provides copy writing that adds interest and purpose...she instills insight into the message that would not be there if not for her creative marketing sense and expertise.  Most importantly, Heather brings an upbeat, positive attitude and personality to any group she is involved with."  --Scott Kolbe, Creative Director, Icon Digital Design & Illustration

"I've been working with Heather Wachter for years.  She is, by far, one of the best writers and editors I've ever come across, and she's a pleasure to work with.  I confidently recommend her to my clients." --Al Lautenslager, co-author of Guerilla Marketing in 30 Days with Jay Conrad Levinson

"Heather Wachter is a consummate professional; I retained her services for a writing and editing project.  Heather met and exceeded my expectations; I highly recommend her services." --Brian Anderson, Owner, BA Search Group

"WOW!  I ran some of these articles past other board members and wanted to make sure you were writing about Saline County Illinois.  I am very impressed with these articles.  This is great.  I really like how you have taken some our weaknesses and made them positive.  Keep up the good work." --Mike Stewart, Past President, Saline County (IL) Chamber of Commerce

"We've been so pleased with the work performed by Explorers Communications.  Everything they've done for us, from web site copywriting to ad design to email marketing to editing, has been professional, on time and within budget." --John 'DJ' Muller, President/CEO Weblink International, Inc.

"Heather professionally organized, rewrote and integrated previously disjointed, unprofessional scraps of features, ads, promo materials and miscellaneous text into an expanding marketing plan, accurately and effectively selling my client's products and services.  Support staff, field sales personnel and customers alike raved at the value of this new marketing tool.  Under a pretty tight schedule, Heather delivered the perfect blend of marketing insight with expert "wordsmithing." --Gregg Eisel, Owner, One-2-One Business Solutions, Inc.

Me in a Nutshell

I'm an enthusiastic, creative communications and marketing professional who specializes in helping businesses and non-profits achieve their marketing goals.  I cultivated my career in the Chamber of Commerce industry and have gone on from there to serve businesses and associations in a consultative capacity at Explorers Communications.  I have also lent my talents to several other associations and non-profit organizations in various volunteer roles.

Now, I am ready for the next path on my career journey.  I am eager to become part of a productive team that values hard work, optimism, and creativity.

Other Stuff That Makes Me ME

INVOLVEMENT:• Naperville Humane Society Board of Directors 2001 – 2010 (President 2004-2006)• Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce Member 2003 – Present• Contributing columnist to Positively Naperville monthly magazine 2008-2009• Kids’ Day Out Advisory Board 2006 – 2009• American Chamber of Commerce Executives ACE Program Chairman 2002-2003; Advisory Team 2001-2002• Naperville United Way Campaign Communications Chairman 1999-2000 and 2000-2001; Event Committee 2006


  • 2010 Recipient of Naperville Area Humane Society's "Founder's Award"
  • Honored as one of “Today’s Young Executives” 2005 by The Business Ledger
  • 13 American Chamber of Commerce Executives’ Awards for Communications Excellence
  • Earned US Chamber of Commerce scholarship for 1999 Institute for Organization Management


Debbie Shaughnessy

Debbie and I worked together for five years at the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce.  We have also collaborated on a number of client projects.

Shane Beard

Shane and I have worked on many projects together over the years.  We also served together on the board of the Naperville Area Humane Society.

Linda Linford

Linda served as Executive Director of the Naperville Area Humane Society during my tenure as a board member.

Philip Hageman

Philip has hired me to write and manage editorial for the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce's annual magazine for each of the last six issues.

Mike Skarr

I worked for Mike for five years at the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mary Ann Bobosky

Mary Ann and I worked together on the Carriage Club of Naperville senior living development project.  She also served as President of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce during my tenure there.