Bert Getz & The Getz Family (2017)
The Getz Family has been associated with North Shore Country Day School since Bert Sr. was a member of the Class of 1955. Years later, when Bert’s grandchildren enrolled, the Getz family once again immersed themselves in North Shore, serving the School in countless ways. Lindsay ’16, Bert ’18 and Lachlan ’20 attended North Shore much the same way as their grandfather did—by investing themselves fully in academics, arts, service and athletics.
Bert Jr. was a long-standing Trustee who served North Shore on many Board committees during his tenure, including the Executive Committee, Committee on Trustees, Finance, Development and Buildings & Grounds, where he also served as Chair. His wife Susie gave countless hours to both the Parents’ Association and Benefit Board, serving as Auction Co-Chair, leading by example and encouraging fellow parents to volunteer and serve the School in an effort to support students and teachers.
Bert Jr. joined Globe Corporation as an officer in 1991. He is Chairman of the Investment Committee for Globe Financial Corporation, President of Globe Development Company, and an officer of Globe Management Company. Bert’s professional activities include serving as a Director of Wintrust Financial Corporation and as a Director of IMS Companies LLC. Bert is also active in the Chicago Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization.Bert’s civic involvement includes serving as Director of the Globe Foundation, the National Historical Fire Foundation, Trustee of the Brookfield Zoo, and Trustee of The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. Bert holds a B.B.A. from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan Business School.
Bert Jr’s devotion to service comes from the example his parents, Bert and Sandy, set and that devotion was always apparent while Bert served on North Shore’s Board. He had an unrelenting dedication to excellence for our facilities, our faculty and our students. The entire Getz family is committed to independent school education, with North Shore Country Day School and The Lawrenceville School among their priorities. The Getz family has led the way as generous contributors in every fundraising initiative North Shore has embarked upon from Annual Giving to Capital Campaigns to The Doar Fund. One of those critical efforts was in facilitating the transformation of The Goodrich House—gifted to the school by the Goodrich Family, one of the School’s founding families, and supported by a lead gift and commitment from the Getz family—all in an effort to create and secure a home for current and future Heads of School and their families.
In words written to Bert from former Head Tom Doar: “As we consider those individuals and families who have been the stalwarts of the last 97 years, it is clear that the Getz family has truly made its mark on North Shore Country Day School.”
Presented to Bert Getz Jr. by Head of School Tom Flemma
November 1, 2017