Congratulations DNA Managing Director Jason Pawlowski

DNA logoDNA Members, Partners and Friends:

On behalf of the Downtown Neighborhood Association Board of Directors, I would like to congratulate Jason Pawlowski, our DNA Managing Director, who will be leaving our organization to pursue his next adventure. Jason has accepted a position as Marketing Manager with the St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau. His last day with us at DNA will be at the City of Elgin’s July 4th Parade.

We have been blessed to have Jason as a part of the DNA for three years, first as our Promotions Coordinator and most recently as DNA’s Managing Director. It was an honor to watch him evolve in those positions within our organization and we have learned much from him as a part of our DNA family. It is with a heavy heart that we bid him farewell, but also excitement as we embrace the next chapter for DNA and Downtown Elgin. As with Jason, Don, Suzan, Jennifer, and many other staff members, we welcome the opportunity for change and are receptive to the opportunities the DNA will address in 2013.

So please help us celebrate the time we have had with Jason over these next few weeks! Stop by the office and wish him well. If you have a positive story to share about your dealings with Jason, please share it. If you would like to show your appreciation, I’m sure he’d love for you to buy him a drink (or perhaps some Star Wars memorabilia or a Blackhawks Stanley Cup victory) at our “Not Goodbye-Just Good Luck” party for Jason at Villa Verone, 13 Douglas Avenue, on Thursday, June 27 starting at 7PM.

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

Thank you, Jason! It has been a pleasure.


Karin Jones
DNA President


JasonPDear DNA Friends & Family:

It is with a profound sense of excitement tempered with some sadness that I announce this move. Even though I’m not an Elgin resident, the people of this City have adopted me as one of their own and after three years of seeing the impact the Downtown Neighborhood Association can have on revitalizing our downtown, I have never been more proud to call myself an Elginite.

This new position would not have been possible without all that the DNA has provided me in the way of experience, skills building, community connections, teaching moments, and opportunities for personal and professional development. I have the utmost gratitude to the DNA Board, volunteers and staff – past and present – for your support and confidence in me. I would also like to thank the City of Elgin, Mayor Kaptain, City Councilmembers, and the hard-working City Staff for all that you do to help us make Downtown Elgin a great place to live, work, and enjoy.

I am also grateful for the many professional connections, personal relationships and treasured friendships I have gained thru my position with DNA that I will carry with me long after I leave.

While I’m looking forward to writing this next chapter in my professional life, rest assured my heart will always be with the wonderful people and businesses of Downtown Elgin. Please continue to support the DNA, whether as a Community or Business member, volunteer, or as a regular patron of all of our downtown shops, eateries and special events.

And you’re not getting rid of me that easy. You’ll be seeing me around at plenty of downtown Elgin events like the Pub Crawl, DNA Awards Gala, and others. After all, you can take the boy out of downtown, but you can never take downtown out of the boy. I ♥ Downtown Elgin!


With Sincere Gratitude,