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From The Top: Lawyer joins NCTV17 board

Gerry Cassioppi, 57, a long-time Naperville resident who is the managing partner of Nyberg & Cassioppi, was named to the NCTV17 Board of Directors.  |  Submitted
Gerry Cassioppi, 57, a long-time Naperville resident who is the managing partner of Nyberg & Cassioppi, was named to the NCTV17 Board of Directors. | Submitted

Naperville’s local television station NCTV17 has just welcomed a well-respected and connected member of the community to its Board of Directors.

Last month, NCTV17 Board President Tom Carroll announced the appointment of Gerry Cassioppi, 57, a long-time Naperville resident.

Cassioppi is a managing partner at Nyberg & Cassioppi, a firm that focuses on corporate and transactional legal matters.

Work partner Ron Nyberg says Cassioppi’s extensive experience with a variety of groups and involvement with the community makes him “a tremendous asset.”

The attorney’s background includes graduating from both the University of Illinois’ business and law schools, followed by work as a CPA and an attorney. Cassioppi’s work has included projects with Fortune 100 companies and start-ups in the Chicago area for more than 30 years. He is DuPage County’s Ethics Commission chair, president elect of the DuPage County Bar Association, and also the director of Choose DuPage.

Cassioppi was named the DuPage County Bar Association Lawyer of the Year in 2012, and also has served on the Naperville School District 203 Board of Education and Naperville’s Transportation Board.

His decision to become an attorney was made years ago after being “mentored, somewhat, by a neighbor of his grandparents.”

“There was a judge who lived by us in Rockford where I grew up, and he was able to relate to the things I was interested in,” Cassioppi recalled. “He liked the Cubs, and I remember he helped me write this paper I wrote in seventh grade on the Supreme Court. I remember thinking at the time I might like to be a judge or a lawyer someday.”

Cassioppi said he has worked on many governing boards as well as not-for-profit groups. He sees his position on the board is to focus on the mission with the other members.

“The television station has their own legal counsel, but I’ll be able to work with them if they choose,” he said. “My goal is to focus on the mission and just let other things fall into place. The goal is to make the best decisions for the organization.”

Cassioppi said he was asked by members of a nominating committee if he would be interested in filling a vacancy and that a vote followed “a short list of candidates.” Carroll said the addition of Cassioppi “helps to round out the knowledge and expertise of our board in both the legal and finance arenas.”

“With his extensive public service experience, professional expertise and passion for all things Naperville, we are very excited and happy to have Gerry join us in guiding the future of our community’s television station,” Carroll said.

Nyberg said his business partner will be effective governing “the publicity arm of the community.”

“Gerry’s direct activity with so many groups makes him an asset, and he knows a lot of people,” Nyberg said. “He brings a great deal of business sense to the board in a practical way, as well as conceptual ideas and a practical approach. He’s brought great perspective to the firm here during the seven years I’ve worked with him, and he’ll bring that to the local television station as well.”

Cassioppi insists that, despite the plethora of cable networks that threaten to obscure a local station, NCTV17 is more relevant than ever.

“The mission here is to get the word out, as this is a viable not-for-profit organization,” he said. “It needs community support. We need to have good people working here. I realize that people are sometimes looking to move up to one of the big networks, and this is a training ground. But we need to have good people here.”

“(Naperville) has a lot going on,” Cassioppi says, and people should seek out the local station as a resource.

“I’ve lived here over 25 years, and Naperville offers a lot of opportunities for people looking to raise a family, and I’ve found that everyone here is willing to contribute,” he said. “It’s not just about government doing things. People come out here and pitch in.”

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