Mark Denzler is Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA), a statewide advocacy organization representing nearly 4,000 member companies and facilities. Denzler assumed his current post in January 2006 and is responsible for all government affairs, membership, and human resource activities.
Prior to IMA, Denzler served in various posts including overseeing Illinois government affairs for State Farm Insurance, a Fortune 50 company headquartered in Bloomington, IL. He served as director of government affairs for the IMA and was a legislative analyst in the General Assembly focusing on taxes, education and transportation. Denzler acted as liaison to Governor Edgar’s Eikenberry Commission on School Funding.
Denzler was appointed by Governor Pat Quinn and reappointed by Governor Bruce Rauner to Illinois Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board. He serves on the Board of Directors for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois, Sangamo Club, and sits on the National Public Affairs Steering Committee for the National Association of Manufacturers. He previously sat on the Board of Directors for the Midwest affiliate of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Lincoln Public Library, and served as President of the Lincoln Library Foundation. Denzler is a 2015 selection as an Edgar Fellow at the University of Illinois and a graduate of the inaugural class (2015) of the Crain’s Chicago Business Leadership Academy.
He was inducted into the Samuel K. Gove Illinois Legislative Internship Hall of Fame for his outstanding public service. Mark was honored at the Old State Capitol in Springfield on March 12, 2018 alongside three other former interns: David A. Joens, Marcilene Dutton and DeShana L. Forney.
Denzler is a 1993 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and currently lives in Springfield with his wife (Debbi) and son (C.J.).