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Bernas named new BBB president

November 17, 2010

Steve Bernas, who has overseen the BBB-CATA Advertising Review Program since its inception in 1996, was named president of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois, effective Jan. 1. 

Bernas, who had been the BBB office’s vice president and chief operating officer, succeeds James Baumhart, who was the office’s president for 17 years until his death in November.


Bernas began with the BBB-Chicago’s automotive division in 1987, then moved to the bureau’s operations division, which includes work on the advertising review program. 

He serves on the Illinois Attorney General’s Automotive Advertising Review Committee, and the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Fraud Task Force.


"(Steve) has a clear vision for the BBB that is grounded in its historical mission of ethics in the marketplace through self-regulation," said Doris Christopher, chairwoman of the BBB’s board of directors.