Prior to joining Ruyle Hullinger and Associates, Beth was an Executive Vice President of Ehlers and Associates, Inc. a governmental financial and economic development consulting firm. Beth joined Ehlers and Associates in 1999. She was a member of the Illinois municipal team that undertook debt financing including special assessment and Special Service Area bonds. She has also developed and assisted communities in implementing Five-Year Financial Plans as well as Key Financial Strategies.
In the area of economic development she assisted communities in all aspects of Tax Increment Financing and Business Districts from development of the district to an analysis of developer proposals to TIF reporting.
In addition, Beth provides special services to communities. Her role, as the former Director of the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (a Council of Governments) for twenty-one years, provided a multi disciplinary set of knowledge and experience that allows her to address municipal problems in a number of areas and on a comprehensive basis. In this capacity she developed self insurance programs for property, casualty and health; a joint drug testing program; a regional bond bank; a regional IRB bank; training programs in personnel, finance, public works, collective bargaining, communications, and quality improvement; and planning programs in transportation, solid waste, and stromwater to name a few. She also oversaw a legislative program for the Southern Suburbs. Her job has been to understand programs and help municipalities develop and adapt to those programs.
Beth has a B.A. in English from the University of Florida and a Masters of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Her numerous awards and recognitions include several Urban Innovations Awards as well as that of being one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Chicago” in Crain’s Chicago Business.