OTTAWA — Amy Sealts has spent the last five and a half years as the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce director but on Tuesday she will officially begin her new role as director of the Putnam County Community Improvement Corp.
Being the director of Putnam County CIC wasn’t a part of her career path plan, Sealts said. The job came open and she pursued it.
“I won’t say it was a spur of the moment thing but after talking to Curt [Croy, current CIC director] about what the job entails I was more interested,” she said, adding she learned more about what the CIC does in the community. “It appealed to me to be able to work with businesses all over Putnam County.”
During her time with the Chamber of Commerce she worked closely with local business owners but the CIC operates on a larger scale, she said, adding that is what appealed to her.
Sealts has a degree in public relations from the University of Toledo, she said. She took many business classes while earning her degree, especially after she decided to move back to Putnam County instead of moving on to the big city.
“There are not that many opportunities for writers in Putnam County,” she said, adding business classes made more sense.
After college she was an editor for The Putnam County Sentinel from 1993 to 2001. After that job she worked as a writer for The Lima News until 2004 when she took a job as program director and grant administrator for the Putnam County ESC/skilled learning center until 2012. In 2012 Sealts began her position as the executive director of the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce
Croy said Sealts is a good fit for the CIC director position.
“First thing is she’s known throughout the county,” he said. “So that helps. She understands the confidential side of the job and managing projects from start to finish. Sometimes we’re aware of a project a year or two in advance. So it’s about confidentiality and keeping the trusts of businesses. That’s what separates her from the other” applicants.
“The CIC has set up a good transition plan,” Sealts said. “There’s enough time for Curt to mentor me.”
Sealts will be working alongside Croy until he officially resigns from the CIC director position at the end of the year.
“It [training Sealts] makes it easier because of her personality and her willingness to learn,” Croy said. “She’s smiling all of the time, which creates positive energy, which, I believe, creates positive things.”
Sealts lives in Ottawa with her husband of 24 years and three children.
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