Buerger takes over as head of Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce


By David Trinko - [email protected]



Rosemary Buerger is the new executive director of the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce.

Rosemary Buerger is the new executive director of the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce.


OTTAWA — Rosemary Buerger knew what makes a community special from her 14 years of working as a realtor in North Carolina.

Now that she’s moved to Putnam County, where her husband grew up, she’s looking forward to helping with its growth as the new executive director of the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce.

“It just felt like the perfect place to call home every time we came here,” she said. “We love this small-town feel, but the ideas here are great. People are ready to build this community in the right direction, I feel, and I wanted to be a part of that.”

Thursday afternoon marked an open house at Well Grounded Cafe to introduce Buerger, 56, to the community. She replaces Becky Fruchey, who recently resigned after two years on the job.

Most recently, she served as office manager at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Koehler Realty in Findlay. She’d also worked as a paralegal prior to moving to Ohio.

The community and its businesses should appreciate the direction Buerger takes the chamber, said board president Tom Giesken, who noted Buerger was “kind of polished and really calm” during the interview process.

“We have a good base of membership, and it’s been over 200 for quite a while,” Giesken said. “We want to take that to the next level and provide a lot more not just memberships, but give our members a lot more activities, classes, events and different things that’s going to benefit their membership.”

With several new businesses popping up in the Ottawa area recently, Buerger said she’s excited to get rolling.

“I feel like the Chamber is part of the heartbeat of what’s happening in the community. We’re connected with businesses in the area. … We are always looking for ways to help make their jobs easier — what can we do to help them? That, in itself, lends to helping in the community.”

Rosemary Buerger is the new executive director of the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_Buerger-Rosemary-Square.jpgRosemary Buerger is the new executive director of the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce.

By David Trinko

[email protected]

Reach David Trinko at 567-242-0467 or on Twitter @Lima_Trinko.

Reach David Trinko at 567-242-0467 or on Twitter @Lima_Trinko.

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