Rod Dammeyer began his business career with Arthur Andersen & Co. and was admitted to partnership in 1970. He subsequently served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Northwest Industries, Inc., after which he became senior vice president and chief financial officer of Household International, Inc. From 1985 –1995, he was CEO of Itel Corporation, which merged into Anixter International, and served as managing partner of Equity Group Corporate Investments from 1995 until 2000.

Rod Dammeyer is chairman of CAC, a private company offering capital investment and management advisory services. He is a member of the board of directors of Stericycle, Inc. and Quidel Corporation, in addition to being a trustee of Invesco Funds and Van Kampen Investment Funds. He also serves on the boards of California Charter Schools Association and High Tech High Charter Schools in San Diego (4,500 students). He is committed to fighting global poverty and promoting education through various microfinance organizations. He is a graduate of Kent State University.