Rex Richards is the President and CEO of the Greater Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce and Valparaiso Economic Development Corporation. He has been leading the Valpo Chamber since 2006. Rex has led chambers of commerce and economic development corporations in three states and seven communities over a 35 plus year career. He was selected as the Chamber President of the Year for Indiana in 2012 and the Valparaiso Chamber was selected as Indiana Chamber of the Year for 2013 by the Indiana Chamber Executives Assocation. In addition to leading the Valpo Chamber to the title of Indiana Chamber of the Year, he has led the Sarasota, Florida Chamber of Commerce to the same honor during his leadership there in 2002. He has the distinction of being the only Chamber President in America to lead two chambers in separate states to such an award. Rex has given briefings to three U.S. Presidents and has the privilege of meeting with England's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, the Premier of China and Prime Minister of Japan, as well as ranking members of the Vatican during his career while serving in Kansas City and Sarasota.
Rex grew up in Anderson, Indiana and graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington. He is a graduate of the Chamber of Commerce Institute which was a six year program at the University of Notre Dame. He was invited to attend the Academy for Chamber Executives also at the University of Notre Dame over a three year period and completed a special program for Chamber CEO's held at UCLA. Rex has been the Chairman of the Board of Doctors Hospital in Sarasota and has served on numerous Boards in Northwest Indiana as well as in Sarasota and Kansas City where he has led Chambers.
Rex has had extensive experience working and living in areas of the country that have had diverse population demographics.
Patrick Lyp is Vice-President of the Valparaiso Economic Development Corporation. He also serves as the City of Valparaiso's General Counsel and Economic Development Director. Prior to his appointment, he practiced law at a Valparaiso law firm for over seventeen years. His practice centered around business, real estate and municipal law matters. During his private practice he served a legal counsel to various municipal boards and commissions including over eight years as counsel to the Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority and over seven years as attorney for the Town of Porter. Patrick also served as an appointed member of the Porter County Election Board (2004-2014) and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Pines Village Retirement Communities (2007-present). Patrick also continues to serve as attorney to the City's Redevelopment Commission, a position he has held since 2003.
Patrick was born and raised in Cranford, New Jersey. He graduated The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC in 1992 with a degree in philosophy. He attended law school at Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey earning his law degree in 1996. After completing a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Thomas James, United States Bankruptcy Court in Chicago, he moved with his family to Valparaiso where he has lived with his wife (Jody) and three children since 1997. Currently his oldest son, Andrew is a junior at St. John University in Collegeville, MN studying computer science; his daughter, Kelly is a freshman at the University of Portland in Portland, OR studying to be a nurse; and, his younger son, Thomas is a junior at Valparaiso High School.
Although Patrick has acclimated well to the Midwest since moving from New Jersey in 1996 and is proud to call both Valparaiso and Indiana home, he has not abandoned his passionate, sometimes irrational, support of the New York Yankees, Knicks and Jets.