Shaun Chinsky Brings Tradition with Forward Thinking to Keep Good’s In Step
The Evanston Chamber of Commerce is pleased to recognize Shaun Chinsky as Evanston Businessperson of the Year. Owner of Good’s of Evanston, Shaun will be honored at the Evanston Chamber’s 97th Annual Celebration and Awards event on Thursday, January 26, 2017.
As the third-generation owner of Good’s of Evanston, Shaun Chinsky has managed the store since 2004. Prior to then, his father Michael and grandfather Sam each spent the majority of their careers overseeing the 113-year-old business. While the store has always been a central part of his family’s life, there was never a plan that Shaun would take over the business.
“My father always encouraged me to pursue my own path and find new challenges.” The initial path Shaun chose was a career in marketing. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University and later an MBA from DePaul. His first job was as Operations Manager for a motorsports promotional agency, Pinnacle Marketing.
After seven years with Pinnacle, Shaun accepted a position with Weber-Stephen Products, better known as the folks who make Weber grills. During his seven years there, he worked in a wide variety of areas including public relations, product development and advertising. An experience that would prove helpful in the future was spending time with the company’s retailers.
Shaun’s transition to Good’s came about when he left Weber to oversee the store after his father passed away unexpectedly. During his twelve years in this roll, Good’s has evolved quite a bit. The store stopped selling artist materials and sharpened its focus on picture framing. “One of many lessons I learned from my dad and grandfather is to accept the need for change, but stay true to the principles that Good’s was built on.”