Full Name: Richard (Rich) Gamble
Company: Realized Value Collaborative, LLC
Role: Founder and President
Serving as a volunteer leader on The Magnificent Mile Association Board for: Over a decade, about 11 or 12 years.
Former Chair of the Board: 2019 and 2020
What drew you to this volunteer leadership role?
I care about the communities where I live and work, and civic engagement has been one way for me to give back. I am a lifelong Chicagoan who grew up on the south side in the Washington Park and Chatham areas. I worked on The Magnificent Mile in the Water Tower Theater when I was in high school. Years later, I returned as a resident and employee of the Chicago Tribune. There, I ultimately worked as the publisher of Chicago Magazine, which was an amazing role where we celebrated all the city has to offer. Contributing to The Magnificent Mile Association, as a board member and former Chair of The Board, has brought my experiences full circle.
What makes The Magnificent Mile so special and unique to the City of Chicago?
Between the architecture, shopping, dining, nightlife, cultural institutions and so much more, The Magnificent Mile epitomizes the best the city has to offer. The Mag Mile inspires people. It is inspiring to meet people from all over the city and hear the many languages from around the world of people who have come to experience the best hospitality, world-class dining, and cruises along the river and lake.
In your opinion, what is the most surprising or endearing quality of your fellow Magnificent Mile Association Members?
I find it endearing how tightly knit the community is, how everyone rallies to support each other, and the level of expertise our members have in their respective disciplines and industries.
What inspires you most about your current role within your company?
I enjoy using the skills and knowledge I have developed throughout my career, working for some of the best companies in a variety of industries, to help people maximize the potential of their talent, customer engagement, and financial results.
What is your favorite Chicago pastime?
I'm a foodie at heart. I love the diversity of cuisines Chicago has to offer. From the independent greasy spoon to fine dining and everything in between across the many Chicago neighborhoods, I enjoy and find inspiration exploring cultures and neighborhoods through cuisine.
What is your biggest hope for The Magnificent Mile district in the next year, five years, or beyond?
My hope is that the district continues to grow and evolve and residents and visitors alike experience this district as I do: world-class, incomparable, and the place to be.
Watch: Rich's Top 5 Priorities for The Magnificent Mile Association during his time as Board Chair, 2019-2020.
Photos by Anneka Bakker