City Club of Chicago: Joe Ahern, CEO of the 100 Club of Chicago

Joe Ahern, Chief Executive Officer of the 100 Club of Chicago, speaks to the City Club of Chicago, September 7, 2016 (City Club of Chicago)

Joe Ahern, Chief Executive Officer of the 100 Club of Chicago, speaks to the City Club of Chicago, September 7, 2016 (City Club of Chicago)

September 7, 2016

Joe Ahern – CEO – 100 Club of Chicago

Joe Ahern

Joseph (Joe) Ahern is the Chief Executive Officer of the 100 Club of Chicago.

The 100 Club of Chicago, founded in 1966, is a not-for-profit organization that supports the surviving dependents of law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMS personnel who lose their lives in the line of duty. The 100 Club reaches out to all federal, state, county and local public safety personnel stationed in Cook and Lake Counties.

Since its inception, the 100 Club of Chicago has served 260 families with over $10 million, of which half was devoted to educational assistance for the dependents for their undergraduate, vocational education and graduate studies. Currently there are 20 dependents receiving assistance from the program and there are an additional 67 children who will be eligible for assistance as they reach college age.

Previous to Joe’s leadership of the 100 Club of Chicago, he served as President and General Manager of CBS 2 Chicago (2002-2008); President and General Manager KGO-TV San Francisco (1998-2002); Managing Director of Disney Intl. Broadcasting Europe (1997-1998); President and General Manager of ABC 7 Chicago (1985-1997); and as a senior advisor on Chicago’s 2016 Olympics Committee.

Joe has a wealth of experience and dedication to other civic and charitable causes including the American Cancer Society, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago Central Area Committee, World Business Chicago, Loyola University Council of Regents and Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy (NIPSTA).

Joe and his wife, Susan, reside in Barrington Hills with their two daughters, Kate and Ally. Another daughter, Meredith, is a Chicago resident.