Chartwell Agency Founder and CEO Named Citizen of the Year

Rebecca Epperson earns Rockford Chamber of Commerce recognition for service

Rebecca Epperson, founder and CEO of Chartwell Agency, an award-winning marketing firm based in northern Illinois, was awarded the Rockford Chamber of Commerce 2023 Citizen of the Year. Epperson was recognized at the organization’s annual dinner, held on September 14.

“The Citizen of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to the welfare and progress of our community over a period of years,” shared Caitlin Pusateri, president of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce. “Rebecca exemplifies the qualities and contributions of an honoree, and we are pleased to extend this well-deserved recognition.”

In the 20 plus years since she moved to the Rockford region, Epperson has built and grown a thriving business that serves clients around the nation and has earned a reputation as a premier communications firm for education, financial, healthcare, and economic development industries. She has demonstrated a tireless commitment to her community, serving or having served in leadership positions on local boards for organizations like Rockford University, Keith Country Day School, Anderson Japanese Gardens, Rockford Area Economic Development Council, Rockford Chamber of Commerce, River District Association, The Literacy Council, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, and YWCA of Northern Illinois. Most importantly, she has built a family and assumed the roles of wife and mother with trademark passion and dedication.

“We are all extremely proud of Rebecca and believe she is so incredibly deserving of this recognition,” shared the Chartwell team. “Rebecca pours her heart into everything she holds dear, and our community is fortunate to count so many of us on that list.”

Epperson has previously earned the YWCA’s “Woman of Achievement in Business” award and recognition as a person “Creating Momentum” in our community. Epperson also is a past recipient of the Rockford Chamber’s “Woman Business Owner of the Year,” and was recognized in 2011 as one of the Chamber’s “People You Should Know.”