OTTAWA — Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cathy Burgei plans to resign effective July 26.
She has served in the position for the past two years. She informed chamber members last week. The part-time position was placed on the chamber’s Facebook page Monday morning.
“I decided to resign as executive director because I wanted to spend more time with my family,” Burgei said. She has a husband, four children and five grandchildren, with one more on the way.
Some of her duties are to oversee membership recruitment efforts and the chamber’s budget, as well as keeping members informed about legislative changes that take place that affect businesses. The executive director also plans the annual chamber meeting in February, where the business of the year is recognized as well as “four under 40” awards are presented.
Burgei sends out an electronic newsletter each month to chamber members, making then aware of meetings and business announcements.
Skills needed for the position include an ability to use Excel, Quickbooks and email marketing software.
Prior to Burgei serving as executive director, Burgei was principal at Miller City-New Cleveland Local School for 22 years. She had been in education for 34 years.
She said she has been proud of the Christmas Parade sponsored by local businesses and organized by the chamber. Another event is Shop Local Saturday, a nationwide event that is usually the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year it will be on Nov. 30, where shoppers are provided with passports. After they visit local businesses, they get their passport stamped and can enter into a drawing to win a prize.
The chamber has increased its membership to 228 members over the past two years, which Burgei said is a source of pride.
“We provide a place for businesses to network with events and monthly meetings, where we have a guest speaker,” Burgei said.
The chamber is important to a community, Burgei said, because it is the backbone of businesses in downtown Ottawa.
She will miss the business owners and chamber members, she said. Businesses truly support chamber projects.
“I have always been a supporter of shopping local, and it’s really instilled in me to shop local,” Burgei said.
She will continue to live in Glandorf and has plans to remain active in the community. Kelly Theisen will remain as chamber assistant.
Resumes will be accepted until 4 p.m. July 8 at Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 68, Ottawa, Ohio or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.