Brian D. Ames is a Unit Manager with Altria Group Distribution Company, headquartered in Richmond, Va. He has been with the company for 28 years, first starting as a Territory Sales Manager and was then promoted to Unit Manager and relocated to Champaign 15 years ago. He is responsible for a staff of sales people who work with over 500 accounts in Central Illinois.
Qualifications for City Council
Brian has been actively involved with the Ironwood Homeowners’ Association, serving on the board for 14 years, including the past 6 years as President of the Ironwood HOA.
In early 2015, Brian was appointed by the Champaign City Council and Mayor Deb Feinen, to serve on the City of Champaign’s Neighborhood Services Advisory Board. This board works with the city’s Neighborhood Services Department, aiding them in various community related projects. As part of the board, Brian was asked to serve as a liaison between Neighborhood Services and all of the HOA’s registered in Champaign. He has conducted regular meetings where the presidents’ of the HOA’s come together and discuss topics of interest. Brian then moderates and helps find solutions for these issues.
Brian has also been very involved with projects outside of Ironwood and been asked to address issues with the city council. Select neighborhoods have banded together to solve the Kirby Ave. bridge concern. Brian was asked by the group to address the issue with the city council and has also been speaking with them about garbage collection in the city.
Brian has served on various boards in many capacities depending on his location. While living in Sterling, IL, he served on the school board for Christ Lutheran School and presided as President of the school board for 2 years before having to resign due to relocation of his job.
Brian’s Top 3 opportunities with District 5
Kirby Ave. Bridge – Brian has been involved in discussions from the beginning as it relates to this bridge. Brian was one of the first HOA Presidents to sign off on the petition that was sent to the mayor and city staff. He provided the city council with information regarding the bridges safety and traffic counts to inform the city that something would need to be done. He’s been involved with every meeting that has taken place. This has included city staff, Mayor Feinen, Senator Chapin Rose, Representative Chad Hays, Champaign Township and Dept of Public Works employees. While a resolution has not yet been decided, Brian will continue to be involved with this project and move to get it pushed through faster than it currently is slated for today.
Garbage Collection in the city – In his role as President of the Ironwood HOA, Brian has received a lot of feedback about why there are so many garbage trucks in the neighborhood every day of the week. If elected, Brian would like to work with the city and all of the local haulers to develop a zone collection system to enable neighbors to see less trucks during the course of the week. This will take some time and cooperation on both sides.
Road Infrastructure near Staley Rd. & Curtis Rd. – With the construction of the new Carle facility, our local road systems were not designed to handle traffic patterns that will be coming upon the completion of this major project. City leaders will need to do studies on how this additional traffic will impact that part of the city, both from road but also sewer and maintenance as this part of the city grows.
Brian has been married to his wife Penny for 28 years, proudly raising two daughters. The oldest, Stephanie (27), is currently employed at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, working as a case manager. Stephanie still resides here in Champaign. Monica (24) works at First Federal Bank in Urbana as a Teller Supervisor. She is a proud owner of her own home and moved to Homer, IL a year ago. Penny is currently employed at the University of Illinois at the School of Information Sciences.
In Brian’s free time, he continues to preside as the HOA President and also been a licensed basketball official for the Illinois High School Athletic Association for the past 11 years. He referees at various schools throughout the fall and winter months and had the opportunity to work 2 IESA State Championship games the past two years.
Both Brian and Penny are avid Illini fans and longtime members of the IFund, having season tickets for football, basketball and volleyball. They also attend some of the other sports as well.