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).
Proud employer of Certified Tourism Ambassadors™️
Chair: Lisa Dickens, Coldwell Banker King Thompson
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.
Chair: Holly Spann, Holly Spann State Farm
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, it provides related educational programs, materials, reviews and makes recommendations on local school and city issues affecting business.
BUSINESS PERSON/YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Chair: Beth Thomas, Change 4 Growth
Co-Chair: Elliott Castello, The Alpha Group of Delaware
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: Andrew Streetman, Vysion Technology Solutions I Vice President: Jeff Akers, Columbus State University
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
Co-chairs: Brenda Bowman, Brenda Bowman, LLC and Frank Peto, Z Promotions
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 August 10, 2020 at The Lakes Golf & Country Club
WESTERVILLE MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
Chair: Mark Faubel, Jericho Financial
Logistics Chair: Paul Hammer, Handyman Matters NE Columbus
Now in its 47th year, the annual Westerville Music & Arts Festival brings together hundreds of local fine artists, craft makers, musicians and food vendors for one of Westerville's most beloved annual community traditions. This year, the event will be held on July 11 and 12, 2020 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: Rachel Crites, 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 and apply to be considered to speak at a future Lunch & Learn.
A TASTE OF WESTERVILLE
Co-Chairs: Kristine Hufford, Columbus Title of Westerville, Inc. and Kelly Ginn, CRT Realtors
A casual yearly spring event providing a taste of Westerville with a wine and beer tasting. May 7, 2020 at The Lakes Golf & Country Club.
WOMEN IN BUSINESS
Chair: Adrienne Shonkwiler, LuLaRoe
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: 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: Doug Bierl, Westerville Area Resource Ministry
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.