Prior to joining the GovHR team, Chuck Balling served as the Executive Director of the Glenview Park District for 9.5 years. During his tenure, Chuck, alongside his team of talented employees, oversaw many of the Park District facility improvement projects, was a strong proponent of environmental and historical initiatives, and fostered intergovernmental cooperation.
The Glenview Park District has over 100 full-time and 1,000 part-time customer-oriented employees and is one of the largest Park Districts in Illinois outside of Chicago. The Glenview Park District operates a variety of facilities including a 25 million dollar community center, two state of the art family aquatic centers, the Scram Memorial (former Navy Base church), indoor tennis and ice facilities and 13 field houses. In addition, the Park District operates and owns Wagner Farm, one of the last farms in Cook County, as well as The Grove Nature Center, a national historic landmark. The citizens of Glenview enjoy an abundance of open space with over 40 parks throughout the community and over 840 acres under lease or ownership by the Park District.
In addition to Glenview, Chuck has held leadership positions over the past 30 plus years at several park districts in Illinois including Naperville, Homewood-Flossmoor, Elmhurst, and Gurnee. He is past Chairman of PDRMA (Park District Risk Management Agency) and the Past President of the Glenview Noon Rotary Club, Past Co-chair and of the Glenview Values Committee, and served on the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association Board of Directors. Chuck has successfully coordinated and/or facilitated strategic planning for the agencies he served, as well as several other park districts and the Illinois Park and Recreation Association.
Chuck received his B.S. degree in Parks and Recreation Administration from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Arts degree from DePaul University.
Chuck received the 2016 Heart of the Family Award from the Family Service Center of Winnetka-Northfield. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Eastern Illinois University Lifetime Achievement Award. He received the 1989 Distinguished Alumni Award from EIU Recreation Department and the 1999 Illinois Park and Recreation Association Professional of the Year Award, 2011 IPRA Fellow Award and the 2012 IPRA Robert Artz Lifetime Achievement Award. Chuck has written a number of articles for both the Illinois Park and Recreation and the Athletic Business magazine, as well as presented at their annual conferences.
Chuck is passionate about the field of parks and recreation. At GovHR, he focuses on client needs in the areas of strategic planning, executive recruitment and new director on-boarding.