David F. Vite
David F. Vite serves as Senior Counselor to Mac Strategies Group expanding its growing public affairs practice and instituting a new lobbying practice for the firm. In this capacity, Vite provides expertise to the firm’s issue management accounts, coalition development and legislative activities in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois. In essence, he serves as a strategic “quarterback” on both lobbying and public affairs campaigns.
Vite has built an exceptional history of leadership and advocacy having served for the past 28 years as president of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA), the state’s most prominent professional organization for retailing and voice of the business community in state government, representing more than 23,000 stores of all sizes and merchandise lines across Illinois. He began his tenure with IRMA in 1978 starting as a field representative and worked in several roles preceding his presidency. Vite also served as IRMA’s chief lobbyist, directing all legislative and governmental affairs activities and acting as a liaison for members with elected officials, administrative, department and agency representatives. Crain’s Chicago Business has cited Vite as “the best Illinois business lobbyist.” Through his 35 years with the organization, Vite led IRMA to become one of the most influential and well-respected business associations in the nation. In addition to his efforts in Illinois, Mr. Vite served two years on the board of directors and executive committee of the National Retail Federation and chaired the National Association of State Retail Association Executives for one term.
On the public service spectrum, Vite is a former sergeant in the U.S. Army. He also served several years on his parish’s parochial school board, as well as the board of directors for a local county hospital and health system board, including terms as chairman of each. In 2002, Vite was elected by his peers to serve a one-year term as speaker of the Illinois Third House, the prominent trade organization for Illinois governmental affairs professionals.
A native of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Vite is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. He and his wife Jane currently split their time between Illinois and Florida, enjoying their spare moments of leisure with their two daughters, Amanda and Gretchen, their families and his granddaughter Viviann.