Chris Lain was born and raised in LaPorte Indiana graduating from LaPorte High School in 1994. He graduated from Columbia College in Chicago in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in Management. After graduating Chris began his career in Management working for such companies as Limited Brands, Eddie Bower, Ann Stores inc and ending his management career as the General Manager of the Chicago Loop Bed Bath & Beyond. During this time, Chris gained valuable experience in managing budgets, growing and expanding businesses , and most importantly managing and developing people. He believes this along with the leadership skills he possesses will help him be a great Mayor for the City of Savanna.
In February of 2013 Chris and his partner Jube Manderico fell in love with the City of Savanna and purchased a home here. In June of that year, they made the decision this is where they wanted to be full time. Seeing an opportunity for downtown revitalization, Chris and Jube decided to open the Savanna Marketplace on Savanna’s Main Street. With the success of the Marketplace, they decided to purchase the Blue Bed and Breakfast in 2014. They renamed and re-branded the B&B as the Blue Bed Room Inn and started to bring more people to Savanna’s Main Street. In 2016 they purchased 305 Main Street to continue re investing and growing Savanna’s Main Street. Chris recognizes the importance of not only retaining the businesses we have but also marketing Savanna as a great place to do business. Chris is a small business owner in Savanna and knows the struggles we have here. He will work hard to overcome and improve those barriers to help our Main Street thrive again.
Currently, Chris is the President of the Savanna Chamber of Commerce. He lead a rebranding of the Chamber in 2016. This included a new logo, Website, Signage and office center. All to attract new businesses and residents to the City of Savanna. In 2017, under Chris’ leadership, the chamber will start working with organizations and community leaders to offer training seminars such as resume writing, interviewing skills and much more. Chris is also the president of Savanna in Motion, a group of volunteers working to improve four key areas of Savanna, Main Street, Parks and Recreation, River Front and beautification. Being a business owner, he is also very active in the Main Street group. He is a member of the Lions Club and Moose Lodge in Savanna.
Chris has the passion for community service and knowledge of business that Savanna needs in a Mayor. He will work to bring fresh ideas and willingness to work together with everyone in the community. He knows together we can make Savanna an even better community for everyone.