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Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce (ILBCC) welcomes new energy to the Board of Directors

The Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce is proud to have inducted Ben McMillan of IDG Architects and Dr. Jeffrey Sterling into their esteemed Board of Directors.

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Ben McMillan

Ben S. McMillan, III, AIA, NCARB, NOMA is a relatively new member of the Chamber family but he has proven himself to be a champion of the Chamber at every opportunity. He has over 23 years of progressive experience in architectural design. As a registered architect, he handles a variety of tasks including project design, programming and project management. He is a hands-on architect, registered with the State of Texas, Louisiana and recently expanded his footprint into Illinois. With the ILBCC’s assistance, IDG became the first Black owned architectural firm to do business with Illinois Central College. Mr. McMillan founded IDG Architects a multi-disciplined, full service architectural firm in 2001. He has been involved in the design, construction and interior design of educational, governmental, commercial and religious facilities. Mr. McMillan will do “whatever it takes” to assist clients in having the most efficient, functional and well-designed facilities possible within their time, scope and budget allocations.

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Dr Jeffrey Sterling

Dr. Jeffrey Sterling is a leader in community-based medicine, health care, organizational operations and efficiency. He serves as President and CEO of Sterling Initiatives, an international healthcare consulting and implementation firm providing entities with clinical, operational and financial best practices that has provided services in forty states and countries around the world. He also serves as the President & CEO of Sterling Medical Advice, an international public health initiative and telemedicine call center providing personal and immediate healthcare information and advice to consumers and clients.

Dr. Sterling is President of 72 Hours Life, a lifestyle community that promotes and teaches greater efficiency as a means of improving quality of life. He founded the Minority Association of Pre-health Students, an American organization of premedical and other health career aspirants with chapters in over 300 colleges. He is Immediate Past President of the Northwestern University Black Alumni Association (NUBAA), the university’s first and largest national alumni club. In this capacity, he co-founded the NUBAA Archives, the first effort to collect and document the over 140-year history of Blacks at Northwestern.

Dr. Sterling has degrees from Northwestern, The Harvard School of Public Health (Health Policy & Management), and the University of Illinois College Of Medicine. He completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital. He has received executive education from Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business.

Dr. Sterling is author of the popular healthcare blog, ‘Straight, No Chaser’ at; ‘Behind the Curtain’ – A Peek at Life from within the ER; the efficiency manual ‘72 Hours in a Day – Using Efficiency to Better Enjoy Every Part of Your Life’; and its companion workbook: ‘The 72 Hours in a Day Workbook – 72 Days to the 72 Hours Life’. His new book is ‘Voices and Vision: The Evolution of the Black Experience at Northwestern University‘. Dr. Sterling is also the Executive Producer of the documentary The Takeover – The Revolution of the Black Experience at Northwestern University. Dr. Sterling is a speaker in high demand, having delivered over one thousand lectures internationally since 2000.