Member involvement is what continues to make our Chamber a dynamic and growing organization. Below you will find a list of committees to get involved with along with committee chair contact information.
Some committees have specialized websites: Music & Arts Festival, Women in Business Network, Young Professionals Network, and Small Office Home Office (SOHO).
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Chair: Kendra Lytle, Welcome Wagon
Co-Chair: Patrick Stolly, Stolly Insurance Group
About 20 Chamber members serve as "good will" ambassadors to retain members and serve as their voice for business needs/issues.
Chair: Mark Faubel, Jericho Financial
Reviews current membership benefits and researches potential opportunities for creating members savings. Also, expands and promotes the 'business to business' benefit on the Chamber's web site.
BUSINESS PERSON/YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Chair: Michael Swartz, Lake Shore Cryotronics, Inc.
Co-Chair: Lisa Amitage, Goldfish Swim School of Westerville
Assists in promoting the annual award, revises guidelines or selection process as necessary, reviews applications, interviews candidates, and selects recipient and finalists.
CHAMBER FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP BOARD
President: Tara Trigg, City of Westerville
Board members serve one to three year terms managing the Chamber's 501c3 Foundation which funds educational scholarships for approved individuals of Chamber businesses and selected high school students.
Chair: Donna Andriot, Capstone CPAs
A network designed for chamber member CPAs to provide a forum for voicing concerns, giving feedback, and providing support for others with similar business practices.
EVENING OF ELEGANCE
Chair: Brenda Bowman, Brenda Bowman, LLC
The largest Chamber fundraising event, held in November annually, features a live and silent auction for members, guests and general community members. The event is a black tie event. Proceeds benefit Chamber operating expenses and general community contributions.
Chair: Amy Troiano, Maloney + Novotny LLC
An annual outing for members and guests scheduled for July 22, 2019 at Rattlesnake Ridge Golf Club.
Chair: Rob Twitchell, Information Control Corp.
Works with elected officials to support and/or establish legislation, regulations, and policies that represent members' top concerns and enables businesses to thrive and compete locally, nationally and internationally. Also, provides related educational programs, materials, reviews and makes recommendations on local school and city issues affecting business.
WESTERVILLE MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
Chair: Mark Faubel, Jericho Financial
Logistics Chair: Paul Hammer, Hanyman Matters NE Columbus
Now in its 44th year, the annual Westerville Music & Arts Festival brings together hundreds of local fine artists, craftsmakers, musicians and food vendors for one of Westerville's most beloved annual community traditions. This year, the event will be held on July 11, 12 and 13, 2017 at Uptown Westerville and Heritage Park.
Chair: David Koo, Mount Carmel Medical Group
Develops lunch programs and Business After Hours events to promote membership involvement and business promotion between members, along with overseeing our new monthly Lunch & Learns (listed below).
LUNCH & LEARNS
Contact: Kim Kellogg, Westerville Area Chamber
Hosted in the Chamber conference room every third Tuesday of the month, this free lunch event will have a new topic each month led by a selected Chamber member representative with knowledge of the topic. Topics to include: Marketing, website development, tax changes, etc. Want to be a speaker? Click to learn more or to apply to be considered to speak at a future Lunch & Learn.
A TASTE OF WESTERVILLE
Co-Chairs: Steve Lebold, The Middlefield Banking Company & Kristine Hufford, Columbus Title of Westerville, Inc.
Vice Chair: Kelly Ginn, CRT Realtors
A casual yearly spring event providing a taste of Westerville with a wine and beer tasting. May 2, 2019 at The Lakes Golf & Country Club.
WOMEN IN BUSINESS
Chair: Rene Delane, Women Who Dare, LLC
Delivers meaningful educational opportunities to women in business while inspiring them to carry what they learn into their organizations through luncheons and events.
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NETWORK
Chair: Elliott Castello, The Alpha Group
Vice Chair: Kent Behrman, Mount Carmel St. Ann's
A network of young professionals networking with people of similar ages and goals for leadership and business opportunities while making a difference in the community. A support system and source for business contacts.
SMALL OFFICE HOME OFFICE (SOHO):
Chair: Angie Mikel, Allstate Insurance/The Portale Agency, Inc.
A network designed to support and inspire each participant by sharing ideas, problem solving, strategizing and by learning from each other's experiences. Choice of two groups: morning and afternoon. Click to apply to be a speaker at an upcoming SOHO meeting.
WESTERVILLE BAR ASSOCIATION (WBA)
Chair: Kyle Stroh, Metz, Bailey & McLoughlin
A network for Chamber member attorneys to provide a forum for voicing concerns, giving feedback, and providing support for others with similar business practices. WBA also has its own website, which is currently under construction.