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).
Chair: Kendra Lytle, Welcome Wagon
Co-Chair: Darin Campbell, Benchmark Insurance
About 20 Chamber members serve as "good will" ambassadors to retain members and serve as their voice for business needs/issues.
Chair: Mark Faubel, Swisher Financial Concepts Inc.
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 of the Year:
Chair: Michael Swartz, Lake Shore Cryotronics, Inc.
Assists in promoting the annual award, revises guidelines or selection process as necessary, reviews applications, interviews candidates, and selects recipient and finalists.
Chamber Foundation Board/Scholarship:
Chair: Paula Parlett, Huntington Bank
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: Erin Glaser, WACC
Reviews all forms of communication to our members and evaluates current hardware and software to effectively conduct business. Also, establishes an overall marketing effort on behalf of the Chamber's programs and events.
CPA Network (meets 4th Thursday of every month):
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: Nicole Fischer, Mount Carmel St. Ann's
The largest Chamber fundraising event, held on November 13, 2015, 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: Sarah Richardson, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
An annual outing for members and guests held on Monday, August 10, 2015 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.
Music & Arts Festival:
Chairs: Chuck Woodson, Heartland Bank
Logistics Chairs: TBD
Organizes the annual Westerville Music & Arts Festival to be held July 11 and 12, 2015 at Heritage Park and Everal Barn. The second largest fundraiser for the Chamber. Features two full days of art, music, family and children's activities.
Program (Quarterly Membership Meetings):
Chair: Tanya Copley, Fifth Third Bank - Business Banking
Vice Chair: TBD
Develops lunch programs and Business After Hours events to promote membership involvement and business promotion between members.
A Taste of Westerville:
Chair: Steve LeBold, The Middlefield Banking Company
Vice Chair: Kelsey Stief, The Promo Girl/The Wyne Girl
A casual yearly spring event providing a taste of Westerville with a wine and beer tasting. Held Friday, April 17, 2015.
Women in Business:
Chair: Kim Gerhart, Gerhart Travel
Vice Chair: Caroline Worley, Worley Law, LLC
Delivers meaningful educational opportunities to women in business while inspiring them to carry what they learn into their organizations through quarterly luncheons or events.
Young Professionals Network:
Chair: Andrew Streetman, Vysion Technology Solutions
Vice Chair: Brandon Lawson, Dean Insurance
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): Visit Website!
Chair: David Bauer, Bauer & Company CPA & Gwen Nichols, Pusateri, Nichols & Co., CPAs
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.
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.