Our Team

 

Jeff Hiltunen

President

Jeff Hiltunen joined West Suburban Limousine in 2005, after a thirteen-year career with Honeywell. His father, Ray Hiltunen (1939-2010) founded the limousine company in 1966, and Jeff returned to become the second generation to helm the business. Hiltunen attended the Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology (Tulsa, OK), before transferring to DeVry, where he graduated with a degree in Electronics Engineering Technologies. He began his career building panels for Electronics Data Instruments, before they merged with Honeywell. After the merger, Hiltunen moved into a supervisor role with the Honeywell office in Acton, Massachusetts, working with the sales team and engineers tasked with designing custom safety and automatic controls for stamping presses. Jeff and his wife Jonna have three daughters, and reside in Elburn, IL.

 

Danielle Slamans

Vice President Client Services

Danielle Slamans began working for West Suburban at 16 as a Reservations Agent. Upon graduating from High School, she continued to work at West Suburban while going to school full time at Waubonsee Community College. After she obtained her Associates she transferred to Aurora University, where she later graduated with her Bachelors in Social Work and a minor in Servant Leadership. During that time she worked her way through each of the departments at West Suburban, so that she could learn as much as possible about the business. After graduation, an opportunity presented itself and she decided to come work for West Suburban full time. In her role as V.P. of Client Services, Danielle maintains relationships with more than 400 corporate clients, working on pricing and setting up client-specific online portals. Additionally, she manages the reservations department and is the primary Human Resources contact at WSL. Danielle currently resides in Elburn with her high school sweetheart (Kyle Slamans) and their dog, Beau. Danielle is now pursuing her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Chadron State College and is expected to graduate in May of 2018.

 

Scott Simkus

Vice President of Operations

Scott Simkus has been part of the West Suburban Limousine family since 2002. He began his career as an Executive Chauffeur, moved up to a Lead Dispatcher and was eventually promoted to VP of Operations at the beginning of 2014. Prior to joining the WSL team, Simkus had worked as an account executive with the Minolta Corporation (Downers Grove) and Monarch Marketing Group (Chicago), before starting his own consulting firm, Main Street Marketing. He’d also worked as a free-lance writer and is the author of one book, Outsider Baseball: The Weird World of Hardball on the Fringe, published by Chicago Review Press in 2014. He has been interviewed, or written about, by WGN-TV and Radio, NPR, Sports Illustrated, the USA Today, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Los Angeles Times, among others. He published an online magazine devoted to baseball history for three years, the archives of which have been preserved in the National Baseball Library at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Simkus attended Western Illinois University, but left early to found Prestige Cleaning, Inc., a small cleaning service which he owned and operated for five years. He is married with two children.

 

John Paraoan

Assistant Vice President, Brand Manager

John Paraoan comes to West Suburban Limousine from North Community Bank in Chicago with 20 years of relationship marketing experience. Paraoan focuses on promoting positive community and economic growth in the neighborhood. He studied Finance and Business Management at the University of Iowa and proceeded to work in a fast and upscale environment, assuring exceptional customer service in the mortgage banking industry. He quickly rose to leadership positions with LaSalle Bank and Household Finance before being recruited by North Community Bank, and eventually West Suburban Limousine. John is passionate about his Chicago sports teams and is constantly reliving the last out of the Cubs 2016 World Series Championship. In his free time, he loves to travel to remote locations around the world. He also loves coaching and teaching basketball to the local youth in the area. Grateful for an amazing group of associates, John makes sure travelers are welcomed and treated in a way that has become customary when traveling with West Suburban Limousine.

 

Carol Flynn

Office Manager

Carol Flynn is part of the team who helped grow West Suburban Limousine into an industry leader here in Chicago. Flynn joined WSL in 1981, beginning as a reservationist, working nights and weekends. As the company grew, Carol took on additional responsibilities when the accounting department workload expanded. “Whenever management asked me to take on new tasks, I always said yes,” explained Flynn. “What I appreciate most about West Suburban Limousine is the family atmosphere,” Flynn continued. “It’s a family-owned business and employees are treated as equals. It’s a compassionate company and this translates not just internally, but also to how we treat our clients.” Flynn has been a full-time part of the accounting team for more than 20 years and was recently promoted to Office Manager. She is the mother of three adult children (Jim, Tina and Lisa) and Grandmother to eight. In her free time she has donated her energies and creativity as a Girl’s Scouts leader, Toys for Tots and Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital.