March 2015

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From the Chamber Board of Directors

Hi everyone. My name is Ken Wetstein, and I have the privilege to serve as the Chair of the Board for the Chamber this year. I work at Defiance College as the VP for Institutional Advancement, working closely with alumni and donors in cultivating support for the College. 


I want to take a moment to update the membership on the Board's plans for the upcoming vacancy in the Chamber President position. After five years of outstanding service, our current President Isaac Lee will soon be joining the Chamber team in Toledo, OH. We wish him well and thank him for the great work he has done over the last five years. Isaac's last day with the Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce will be Friday, March 13, 2015. Please join me in wishing Isaac well in his new position.


We are launching the search for the next President of the Chamber on March 1, 2015 (there's a job posting in this e-newsletter inviting applications for the position). We will be advertising the position locally in the Crescent-News and also among the network of Chambers executives in Ohio and across the country. Application materials are due by March 20, 2015. A search committee made up of several members of the Chamber's Board of Directors will review the candidate materials and identify finalists for interviews. We hope to have the next President selected and in place before the end of April.


During the time between presidents, our Marketing & Events Coordinator, Erica Noggle, will handle the day-to-day operations of the Chamber. Erica will do an excellent job managing the operations of the Chamber during the transition. Isaac Lee is working closely with her to make sure the transition is seamless. 


Please help us spread the word about this opening. This is an attractive opportunity for candidates: the Chamber has a steady and engaged membership; there is a supportive and active Board in place; and the business community values the Chamber as an important asset. Feel free to pass along the job advertisement to anyone you feel would be an excellent candidate. We are excited to see the level of interest in becoming the next President of the Defiance Area of Commerce.


If you have any questions or concerns about the Chamber and this important transition, do not hesitate to contact me at


Ken Wetstein

Board Chair, Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce

VP for Institutional Advancement, Defiance College

Position Listing: President of the Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce


Chamber President


The Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking a highly motivated, community-minded individual for the position of President of the Chamber. The Chamber President works with the chamber's staff, board of directors and membership to fulfill its mission of promoting business and community growth and development in the Defiance area. The Chamber's current priorities include:

  1. Enhancing the range and quality of value-added benefits available to members;
  2. Attracting and retaining a diverse spectrum of businesses and organizations from the local business community to Chamber membership;
  3. Maintaining close and frequent contact with members through personal visits; and
  4. Interacting with local government entities, economic development organizations and other groups on issues affecting the business community.

The President serves as the chief administrative and executive officer of the Chamber and is responsible for coordinating all Chamber activities. The President oversees daily operations of the Chamber office and manages a staff of one full-time employee, and one part-time intern. The President is responsible for the preparation and management of an annual operating budget and is directly responsible for all expenditures. The President also works closely with a Foundation that organizes the Chamber's philanthropic programs in the community.

Interested candidates must have a bachelor's degree or significant qualifying experience. They must have evidence of prior leadership experience and they should possess excellent communication skills (oral, written, and verbal). Persons with previous experience in organizational management and knowledge of marketing and economic development are encouraged to apply. The salary range for this position is competitive and will be commensurate with experience. The Chamber also offers generous benefits and the potential for incentive-based compensation. To apply, interested candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for at least three references. These materials must be submitted to address below by Friday, March 20, 2015. Send application materials to: Chamber President Search Committee - attn. Ken Wetstein, Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce, 325 Clinton Street, Defiance, OH 43512. 


The Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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