Peoria Chamber of Commerce to host networking breakfast

Registration for Zoom meeting required

Posted 5/27/20

Join the Peoria Chamber of Commerce for its first of the month Tuesday Networking Breakfast - now turned virtual, 8-9:30 a.m., June 2.

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Peoria Chamber of Commerce to host networking breakfast

Registration for Zoom meeting required


Join the Peoria Chamber of Commerce for its first of the month Tuesday Networking Breakfast - now turned virtual, 8-9:30 a.m., June 2.

Speakers this month will Rick Buss with the City of Peoria, and Jeff Berggren with Huntington University. They will be focused on discussing economic development in the community.

Zoom link information will be provided upon registration.

If you do not immediately get an email confirmation, please reach out to



Rick Buss
Mr. Buss is the economic development services director for the city of Peoria. He is focused on raising the profile of Peoria locally, regionally, nationally, and globally through relationship development and channel marketing. With the intent of earning a reputation as a resource, not a bureaucracy, Mr. Buss is a strong believer and practitioner of public private partnerships.

Prior to Peoria, Mr. Buss was the assistant city manager for the city of Surprise where he oversaw the economic development, community development, water resource management, and information technology departments. He built departmental teams that embraced a vibrant culture of servant leadership and a vision of being a global community with world class aspirations.

With his entrepreneurial roots in the private sector, Mr. Buss co-founded Envirosafe Technical, a 260 employee firm focused on contamination control for advanced technology facilities, served as the VP of regional operations of Pentagon Technologies/MPW Industrial Services, a 2,800 employee NASDAQ company, and as development director for Scitec. His senior management experience includes working in, and with, some of the largest organizations in the world. He also served as president of the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology, a nonprofit, where he won 5 international awards.

Mr. Buss holds a Bachelor of Science in International Marketing, a Masters in Public Administration, and a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Technology and Management.

For more on Mr. Buss, please visit City of Peoria's website here.

Jeff Berggren
Mr. Berggren came to Huntington in 1993 after graduating from another Christian college, John Brown University in Arkansas, and then working in both admissions and public relations there for nine years. He has three bachelor’s degrees; Radio and TV Broadcasting, Business Administration, and Public Relations. While in college Mr. Berggren played varsity football, JV basketball and club rugby.

After serving as vice president for enrollment and marketing on Huntington’s home campus for more than 20 years, Mr. Berggren moved to Arizona in the summer of 2014 (yes, the summer!) to begin the groundwork for HU’s new additional location in Peoria. Mr. Berggren holds the title of Director of Arizona Operations and oversees the extended location of Huntington University in Arizona.

As director Mr. Berggren is responsible for assessing target student markets, hiring and directing campus personnel, coordinating student recruitment and marketing, coordinating the assessment of student learning, interacting with Peoria business networks and municipal authorities, maintaining campus accreditation and administering academic and nonacademic policies for the Arizona site. He works closely with several key groups on the Indiana campus including the School of Digital and Visual Arts and the Senior Leadership Team.

Mr. Berggren has a heightened level of empathy for students and parents involved in the college selection process. His oldest daughter Lindsey is a HU graduate with a degree in film production and his youngest daughter is a junior film production major at HU in Indiana after taking several high school early entry DMA classes at HU Arizona during her last two years at Liberty High School in Peoria.

For more on Jeff Berggren, please visit Huntington University's website here.