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Mevlüt “Hilmi” Çınar, aka Hilmi, is the FOUNDER & CEO  of the MAESTRO Corporate Group companies in Chicago, IL. He also is the Board President of the Midwest International Chamber of Commerce. He is a Turkish native and moved to the U.S. for his college education and stayed afterwards. 

Hilmi was the immediate past President of the Niagara Foundation in 2015, where he started as a volunteer in 2006. He has worked under different capacities as Business Operations Manager, Associate Director, Vice President for Development & Strategy prior to becoming the President of the organization. He also serves as the Director of Finance and Administration for a short while. Hilmi, as a social entrepreneur, has also donated majority of his time to the organization since late 2010.

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Hilmi has a history of volunteer service through his work with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization in Fairfax, Virginia. He served on the NATO Welcoming Committee during the NATO Chicago Summit in 2012 and was selected by the U.S. State Department to represent Chicago for the Countering Violent Extremism Program in Dusseldorf, Germany in November, 2013. He is also proud to have received multiple acknowledgements from the IL House of Representatives, one for his role in the NATO welcoming committee, and one for his work at Niagara Foundation towards building friendship, peace, and harmony in the State of Illinois.

Hilmi majored in International Business at Strayer University in Virginia; and received his Master of Public Administration degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago. He is also an alumnus of the Northwestern Kellogg School of Management as a Kellogg Executive Scholar in Non Profit Management, and holds a certificate from Cornell University Johnson School of Management. Hilmi is currently writing his thesis for the Master of Liberal Arts degree in International Relations at Harvard University; and recently got accepted to the doctorate program at Georgetown University in 2016.

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