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Faber picked to lead Batavia MainStreet

New executive director steps on board

BATAVIA – Christopher Faber has been named executive director for Batavia MainStreet, a nonprofit organization that works to enhance the city's downtown.

Through volunteer efforts, MainStreet hosts community events such as the Batavia Farmers’ Market, Batavia Dinner Table, Oktoberfest and BatFest, an Aug. 7 news release stated in making the hiring announcement.

The news comes after the outgoing executive director, Jamie Saam, announced in June she would be stepping down to focus on her family business, Bulldog Plumbing, and other personal endeavors.

“I’ll always be part of it as long as I’m here,” Saam said of Batavia MainStreet in the release. “But I am looking forward to having Christopher step into the leadership role and make a great impact in our downtown community. “

Faber joins MainStreet with a long history of community-focused experience. The North Aurora resident has served as president of Northlight Media Solutions since 2014, served two terms as a village trustee in North Aurora, and been an executive board member and treasurer of the North Aurora River District Alliance, past chairman of the board for the Youth Service Bureau of Illinois Valley and past president of the Elburn Chamber of Commerce.

“As a lifelong area resident, I’ve had an eye on the incredible things that Batavia MainStreet has accomplished going back a couple of decades,” Faber stated in the release. “I’ve had the pleasure of knowing all of the previous directors, so I’m honored and super excited to be offered the opportunity to take the reins here. Things have really been soaring in the past few years, and my goal is to continue the great momentum that the current board and staff have built up.”

A hiring committee of community stakeholders, business owners and Batavia MainStreet board members selected Faber after an extensive search. His first official day with Batavia MainStreet was Aug. 1.

“Cathy McNally and Jamie Saam are so talented, with Cathy shifting into her role as director of development and special events, and Jamie staying on as a consultant, I think we have a really dynamic team that will complement each other’s abilities nicely,” Faber said.

The vision of Batavia MainStreet is described as helping create a vital downtown that enriches the business community, embraces history, celebrates the arts, preserves the natural environment and promotes events to instill a sense of place within the city.

For more information, visit DowntownBatavia.com or call 630-761-3528.

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