Summer is Around the Corner – So Is Golf

May 23rd, 2016
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris – Bilter Rd.
BMO Harris – Eola Rd.
BMO Harris – Lake St.
BMO Harris – N. Farnsworth Ave.
BMO Harris – W. Indian Trail
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Dependable Contracting Services
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Dolan & Murphy
Eby-Brown
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
ieple, LLC.
K-Rise Systems, Inc.
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Sole Unique Dance Complex, Inc.
Sprint
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Trust Lending
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WIT-Enterprises, LLC
WSPY
Zippy Shell Fox Valley

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Join Us for Golf on June 23
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Thursday, June 23

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If you don’t golf, join us for lunch or the evening reception.

Metro Chicago Exports 2016 Grant Program Deadline May 27
Small and medium-sized companies located in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties that are existing exporters or new-to-export with fewer than 500 employees are encouraged to apply.

The single-round 2016 Grant Program will award up to $5,000 to small and medium-sized companies in the seven-county region to reimburse 50% of eligible expenses associated with implementing an export plan. More information about eligible expenses can be found in this Frequently Asked Questions document.

In fall 2016, Metro Chicago Exports will host a pitch fest during which both 2015 and 2016 grant recipients will be eligible to submit a pitch for additional funding. Information about the pitch fest will be shared at a later date.

Kick-off your Metro Chicago Exports 2016 Grant Program application by completing the Client Assessment form. Companies that pass the Client Assessment phase will then be invited to submit more comprehensive information about their plans to go global.

For more information about the Metro Chicago Exports 2016 Grant Program, please download the brochure or contact the Grant Program Manager.

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Business Development Leads Group
Chamber offices
Tuesday, May 24, at 7:45 a.m.
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Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Thursday, May 26, at 8:00 a.m.
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Ambassadors Committee
Thursday, June 9, at 4:00 p.m.

Business After Hours: Mooseheart
Thursday, June 9, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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Business Development Leads Group
Chamber offices
Tuesday, June 14, at 7:45 a.m.
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Ribbon Cutting: Aurora Fastprint
54 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Thursday, June 16, at 4:00 p.m.
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Ribbon Cutting: Aurora Bank & Trust
2287 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Tuesday, June 21, at 4:00 p.m.
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2016 Golf Classic presented by Presence Mercy Medical Center
Orchard Valley Golf Course, Aurora
Thursday, June 23
Lunch at 11:30 a.m.
Shotgun Start at 1:00 p.m.
Cocktail Reception at 6:00 p.m.

Business Development Leads Group
Chamber offices
Tuesday, June 28, at 7:45 a.m.
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Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Thursday, June 30, at 8:00 a.m.
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Public Policy Update
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Jobs: 6.6% Unemployment Rate for April

Changes Coming to IL Drivers Licenses

This Week in Springfield

Stop the Administration’s Overtime Change

Ill. General Assembly: Update on Bills

Workers’ Compensation: Call for Reform

Taxes: Property

Member News
If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurorachamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.

Canoes, Kayaks…Mid-Am Race Brings
Fox River to Life June 5

Zanayed Joins Old Second

Christkindlmarket Coming to Naper Settlement

Scott Roscoe Named Grand Marshal of 2016 Memorial Day Parade

Veterans Council Hosts Inaugural Aurora Vets Week

Run for Rockstar Mentors

Golf for Kids Benefit Outing

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
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Canoes, Kayaks…Mid-Am Race Brings Fox River to Life June 5

May 22nd, 2016
By Jeff Long, Fox Valley Park District
The Fox River is a lifetime friend. Similarly, I’ve enjoyed the same long-term relationship with the Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race.
We go way back… to boyhood days with my brothers and friends, fishing along the river’s banks, swimming when it was hot (don’t tell Mom) and watching canoeists glide in the brisk current, wishing it was us.
Every year, on the first Sunday in June, we headed for the river on our bikes to watch hundreds and hundreds of paddlers in the Mid-Am. As we got older, my friends and I became those very paddlers we once idolized from the shoreline.
Started in 1962, the Mid-Am’s tradition is every bit as vibrant today. On June 5, the 55th Mid-Am will welcome paddlers of all ages and abilities – folks from all walks of life, taking part in this transcendent event and enjoying time together, on the water and off.
From first-timers to 30-year veterans, the Mid-Am strikes a balance between easy-going recreation and hard-core competition. With 20 different divisions – 11 for canoes, 8 for kayaks and an open (non-competitive) division – there’s a fit for everybody, and awards to the top three boats in every division.
The Mid-Am offers two race lengths, with a 10-mile course starting in St. Charles and a 6-mile race beginning in Batavia. Free shuttles run regularly between both start lines and the finish area. Both routes finish at the Illinois Avenue Bridge with a riverside celebration and lunch party at beautiful McCullough Park.
Early heats starting in St. Charles are “racers-only” to give the most competitive paddlers free run of the course and avoid potential crowding in tight spots and portages. Those who are less experienced at being on the river – novice paddlers and young families – are able to start later and travel at a more leisurely pace.
It’s easier than ever to experience a memorable trip down the Fox River in the company of like-minded paddlers. And the perks are pretty nice, too – commemorative T-shirt, goodie bag, grilled lunch (hot dog or burger), shuttle bus transportation and dozens of post-race prize drawings.
You don’t even need to own a boat or worry about transporting a borrowed one – the Mid-Am offers discounted canoe and kayak rental packages.
It’s simple, really: 1). Register online (before June 1) and choose the canoe or kayak rental package; 2) Show up on race day at your starting site, where your rental boat is waiting for you; 3). Enjoy a glorious paddle down the Fox River; 4). Leave your boat at the finish line to enjoy the post-race lunch party and awards ceremony.
Over 200 canoes and 100 kayaks are available for rent, so bring friends and family – there’s a boat for everybody.
Afterward, the riverside finish area at McCullough Park is a festival of fun, food, music, beer and games. Friends, family and spectators are welcome to join the festivities. Food vendors will have subs, popcorn, frozen yogurt and other tasty menu items, and plenty of booths to browse with local businesses joining the celebration.
There’s fun along the route as well – particularly at the State Street Bridge, where the North Aurora Lions Club sets up shop and turns the portage into a party. They’ll be announcing the names of paddlers – Olympic style – one of the many highlights along the way.
Go ahead, enjoy the celebrity treatment, as fans line the banks in St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, North Aurora and Aurora, waving and cheering.
Good times like these make for a great event, one that celebrates a shared, recreational resource – the Fox River – and the enjoyment it provides.

Jobs: 6.6% Unemployment Rate for April

May 22nd, 2016

Jobless rate increased again in April. The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported this week that the State’s unemployment rate had risen marginally by 0.1% in April, from 6.5% to 6.6%. With continued recession-level joblessness in Illinois, the Prairie State continues to support fewer jobs than the number of people who were working here more than 15 years ago in September 2000. Furthermore, Illinois unemployment numbers have increased 0.7% over the most recently-measured six-month period, from 5.9% in October 2015 to 6.6% in April 2016.

Illinois added a net of 5,400 new jobs to its paycheck workforce in April 2016, a marginal number that increased the total number of available Illinois jobs by less than 0.1%. Continued strength in professional and business services (up 7,600 jobs in April 2016) was held back by net weakness in other sectors of the Illinois economy, including construction, financial activities, and other services. Illinois is one of only three states that have not regained the employment levels enjoyed during the 2000s.

Changes Coming to IL Drivers Licenses

May 22nd, 2016
This week Sec. of State Jesse White announced new changes to Illinois’ drivers licenses.  The announcement comes after the U.S Department of Homeland Security acknowledged that the current state drivers license and state IDs would not be compliant to federal regulations outlined in the REAL I.D. Act.

By the end of July 2016, all DMV facilities will hand out temporary IDs  and will then receive a laser engraved card sent from a centralized location in the mail.

While this move will not make Illinois 100% compliant with the REAL I.D. Act, it will move the state closer to full compliance.  The other compliance measures require legislative action.  

This Week in Springfield

May 22nd, 2016
The four legislative leaders and Governor Rauner started the week off by meeting together for just the second time this year.  

There were mixed reactions coming from the legislative leaders after leaving the meeting.  Senate President John Cullerton described the meeting as productive.  He particularly displayed his satisfaction towards the Governor’s willingness for new revenues.  

Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno and House Minority Leader Jim Durkin both appeared before the media after leaving the meeting.  Leader Durkin appeared to be pleased with Speaker Madigan’s willingness to non-budget reforms such as opening up negotiations to collective bargaining, pension reform, a property tax freeze, and workers’ compensation.  

However, Leader Radogno appeared to be more skeptical and reiterated that the Speaker has manipulated the process before and has disavowed working groups in the past. 

The Speaker himself was not available for comment but he did issue a statement declaring the budget would pass if the governor dropped his agenda.  He did however commit to appointing members to the Governor’s non-budget working groups. 

Every leader offered a different take on the meeting so it is unclear whether the meeting was a success or not.  Nonetheless, it is better meet than not to meet.  

Time is running out and despite meetings occurring behind the scenes, little progress has been made.  Perhaps the working groups will continue to meet and the leaders and the governor will continue to negotiate during the final sprint.  

There are only nine scheduled session days left until the scheduled May 31st adjournment.

Zanayed Joins Old Second

May 19th, 2016

Juwana Zanayed of Naperville has been named 1st Vice President/Director of Treasury Management at Old Second Bank, operating from the downtown Aurora location. She will be responsible for directing treasury management sales and operations including deposit generation and cross-selling of treasury management products. Additionally, Zanayed will promote the sales and service culture at Old Second and help develop policy efficiencies to enhance the bank’s commercial portfolio.

Prior to joining Old Second, Zanayed served as VP/Director of Treasury Management for TCF Financial Bank and as First Vice President of Commercial Banking with MB Financial Bank/Oak Brook Bank.

Zanayed earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance, corporate communications, and economics from Dominican University in Chicago. In the community, she is part of the Association Forum, Association for Financial Professionals, and the American Bankers Association.

Stop the Administration’s Overtime Change

May 19th, 2016

Today, the Administration released its final overtime regulation increasing the salary threshold below which employees must  be paid overtime for working more than 40 hours a week from $23,660 annually to $47,476 annually.  This threshold will take effect on December 1, 2016, and it will increase every three years.  Click here and here for additional background information.  The Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (S. 2707 and H.R. 4773) would keep the regulation from taking effect and require the Department of Labor to perform a better analysis on the impact to small businesses, nonprofits, regional economies, and local governments. We encourage you to reach out to Congress and ask them to cosponsor S. 2707 and H.R. 4773

The Administration’s proposed changes to overtime regulations pose a serious threat to employers as well as their currently salaried workers.

The proposed regulation would raise the salary threshold under which employees would have to be paid overtime for hours worked beyond 40 per week from the current annual level of $23,660 to $47,476. Such a dramatic increase will force employers to decide whether to reclassify millions of employees to nonexempt status or increase their salaries to keep them exempt.

The Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act would prevent the Department of Labor’s disastrous overtime regulation from taking effect and directs the Secretary of Labor to conduct a more detailed economic analysis to determine the impact on an array of employers before proposing a new rule.

With your help, we can build the case that this proposed rule will not boost employees’ income, but instead will force employers to reduce employees’ flexibility, benefits, and growth opportunities.

Ask your elected officials to support the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act.

 

Christkindlmarket Coming to Naper Settlement!

May 19th, 2016

The Christkindlmarket Naperville will be open on select dates from November 25 to December 24.

Experience a traditional German holiday season market with all of the sights, sounds and magic as well as delicious smells and treats, wonderful handmade ornaments and gifts.

The Christkindlmarket Naperville provides space for a vast array of vendors from Germany, other parts of Europe and around the world to showcase their products. Traditional wooden huts will be filled with a wonderland of one-of-a-kind gifts including hand-made holiday ornaments, woodcarvings, and seasonal wares harkening back to the original Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremburg, Germany which began in 1545. The air at the Christkindlmarket Naperville at Naper Settlement will fill the senses with aromas of German delicacies such as sausages and potato pancakes and sweet treats like Stollen, strudel and roasted nuts that are sure to delight visitors of all ages.

The Christkindlmarket Naperville will boast a large festival tent for additional seating and entertainment. Visitors can sit, toast and enjoy refreshing imported German beers or warm up with a cup of Glühwein (hot spiced wine) served in a unique collectable souvenir mug. Visitors will be delighted by live performances as singers, dancers and musicians will spread the holiday cheer. The Christkind, a fairy-like being and namesake of the market, will visit every Sunday to welcome guests.

Networking, Golf, More from Your Chamber

May 16th, 2016
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95.9 The River
Above Board Indoor Environmental
Accurate Personnel
Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Aurora University
Baird & Warner – Holli Thurston
BKD, LLP
BMO Harris – Bilter Rd.
BMO Harris – Eola Rd.
BMO Harris – Lake St.
BMO Harris – N. Farnsworth Ave.
BMO Harris – W. Indian Trail
CARSTAR North Aurora Collision Center
Caterpillar, Inc.
Chicago Tribune Media Group
ComEd
Copy King Office Solutions, Inc.
Dependable Contracting Services
DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd.
Dolan & Murphy
Eby-Brown
Ice Miller LLP
Idilus, LLC
Kluber Architects & Engineers
Konen Insurance Agency
Leave Me Bee Pest Control, Inc.
Magnetrol International, Incorporated
Martin Whalen Office Solutions
Mind and Body Chiropractic
Mitutoyo America Corporation
Mooney & Thomas P.C.
Northwestern Medicine
Cadence Fitness & Health Center
Cadence Health Convenient Care & Medical Offices
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Glen Senior Living
Delnor Hospital
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
Old Second National Bank
Painters District Council 30
Paramount Arts Centre
Pipe Fitters Local 597
Plum Landing Retirement Community
Presence Mercy Medical Center
R.C. Wegman Construction Company
Rasmussen College
Resurrection Lutheran Church/School
Rich Harvest Farms
Rush-Copley Medical Center
Ryland Homes – Ingham Park
S&S Metal Recyclers II
Sign*A*Rama – Aurora
SmithAmundsen, LLC
Sole Unique Dance Complex, Inc.
Sprint
State Farm Insurance Companies
Steffes & Associates Language and Translation (SALT)
The UPS Store – Kirk & Butterfield
The Voice
Trust Lending
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Valley Fastener Group, LLC
Waubonsee Community College
Weldstar Company
WSPY

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Barry Butler
337 Springlake Lane, Suite A
Aurora 60504
(630) 740-3193
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ServPro (St. Charles/Geneva/Batavia)
Paul Griffin
1900 E. Tyler Road, Ste 600
St. Charles 60174
(630) 377-7062
Restoration Services

Duck’s Tree and Stump Service
Jose Carlos Garcia
820 Fifth Street
Aurora 60505
(630) 256-0181
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Aurora, Illinois 60506
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Coffee & Connections
Painters District Council No. 30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Tuesday, May 17, at 8:30 a.m.

Join us tomorrow for Coffee & Connections. Meet fellow members and make new connections with potential customers and collaborators. This month’s Coffee & Connections is sponsored by State Farm Insurance Companies.

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Golfer Registration, Sponsorships Going Fast
Save the Date: Aurora Chamber Golf Classic Set for June 23
Presented by Presence Mercy Medical Center

Join our growing list of sponsors for the 2016 Aurora Chamber Golf Classic. With sponsorships ranging from $250 up to $750, there are opportunities for many of our members to promote their product or service to the golfers and Chamber members.

Available sponsorships include:

Activity Hole $750 (one remains)
Reception $750
Tee Box/Hole $500 (one remains)
Putting Green $500
Lunch Sponsor $250

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If you don’t golf, join us for lunch or the evening reception.

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Sponsored by State Farm Insurance Companies
Painters District Council No. 30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
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Tuesday, May 24, at 7:45 a.m.
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Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr., Aurora
Thursday, May 26, at 8:00 a.m.
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Public Policy Update
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This Week In Springfield

Ill. General Assembly: Update on Bills

Workers’ Compensation: Call for Reform

Taxes: Property

General Assembly: Payless Payday

Budget: Ill. Higher Education

Member News
If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurorachamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.

Scott Roscoe Named Grand Marshal of 2016 Memorial Day Parade

Popular ‘Celebrating a Community that Cares’ Breakfast Coming May 19

Veterans Council Hosts Inaugural Aurora Vets Week

Aurora Honors National Police Week

Film Festival, Romeo & Juliet light up Prisco Center

Export-Grant Initiative Wins Illinois Economic Development Award

Run for Rockstar Mentors

Golf for Kids Benefit Outing

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce | 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180 Fax: (630) 256-3189 | www.aurorachamber.com
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Scott Roscoe Named Grand Marshal of 2016 Memorial Day Parade

May 15th, 2016
Vietnam veteran, local labor leader and lifelong Auroran Scott Roscoe, has been named the 2016 Grand Marshal of Aurora’s Memorial Day Parade.  He will lead the annual parade on Monday, May 30 at noon in downtown Aurora.
Mayor Tom Weisner and the Aurora City Council will recognize Roscoe during the Aurora City Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 24 at 6:00 p.m. at Aurora City Hall, 44 E. Downer Place.
“Scottie Roscoe is one of those incredible Aurorans who pours his heart into our community,” said Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner. “From that young man who packed up his bags and joined the service right out of high school to the fair-minded labor leader who is one of the most respected in the field to the husband and father who gives countless hours of service to helping others, he is cut from a special cloth. As he leads our Memorial Day Parade, we will be reminded of those who give back selflessly and expect nothing in return. It is an honor for Aurora to have Scott Roscoe serve as Grand Marshal of this year’s parade.”
Born and raised in Aurora, Scott Roscoe is a stalwart leader who has faithfully served the country in the United States Marine Corps and the Aurora community for the last forty years.  Growing up on Aurora’s eastside, Roscoe attended Johnson Elementary School and Simmons Middle School before moving to the westside and graduating from West Aurora High School in 1974.
A DEDICATED VETERAN
Roscoe enlisted in the USMC in 1974 and protected the liberties of this nation until his Honorable Discharge as Sergeant in 1976. His commitment to the United States military continued when he returned home to Aurora and is still just as strong four decades later.  Roscoe is a member of the Fox Valley Marine Corps League Detachment #1233, Amvets Post #103 and the Roosevelt American Legion Post #84. He served on the committee to bring the Vietnam Moving Wall and Field of Honor to Aurora in 2013 and has been a guardian on many Honor Flights that take World War II veterans to Washington, D.C.  In 2015, Roscoe was appointed by Mayor Tom Weisner to the Aurora Veterans Advisory Council.
A COMMUNITY ADVOCATE
Scott Roscoe believes in his community and puts in countless hours to serve the people of Aurora. He has been a consistent voice on veterans and labor initiatives with a goal of bringing people together for the good of the community.  He is a member of Mayor Weisner’s Labor Advisory Committee and State Representative Linda Chapa LaVia’s Business and Labor Advisory Committee. In addition, he is President of the Board of Directors of the Aurora Police Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the Aurora Regional Chamber Commerce.  A proud resident of Aurora’s First Ward, he is also a member of Northeast Neighbors and an usher at Annunciation Church.
Scott and his wife, Lisa, have been married for 28 years. He is the proud father of three – Michelle, Branden and Chad – and the very proud grandfather of three – Camryn, Julianna and Avery.