Columbus Chamber of Commerce Names Three Additions to its Board of Directors

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The Columbus Chamber provides connections, resources and solutions that help small businesses and Fortune 500 enterprises grow Central Ohio's economy.

Columbus, OH – The Columbus Chamber of Commerce introduced three new members to its Board of Directors at its 2018 Annual Meeting, Feb. 8.

Tom Harris of HMB, Mark James of AEP and Michael Martz of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, will join 32 existing Chamber board members effective February 2018.

“We are committed to serving our local business community at the Chamber, and our board of directors provide insight, guidance and direction on issues and concepts to accelerate our organization and in return, our member organizations,” said Don DePerro, Columbus Chamber president and CEO.

“We’re overjoyed to be able to welcome Tom, Michael and Mark to our board.”

Jeff Sopp, CEO of Kensington Hill Partners, will retire his duties as board chairman at the end of the year and Keith Stevens, CEO of PSI, is slated to serve as the next Board Chair effective February 2019.

Stevens has a long history of serving the Chamber and has dedicated his time as the current chair of the Membership Engagement Committee, as well as a presenter at the Chamber’s 2017 Annual Meeting.

Darci Congrove, managing director of GBQ and current chair of the Workforce Development Committee, will follow in progression as chair elect during Stevens’ term as board chair.

“For the first time in its history, the Chamber is implementing a strategic succession plan for its board of directors,” said DePerro. “We look forward to the opportunity for consistency this change will allow during the execution of the Chamber’s four-year strategic plan.”

The Chamber also recognized four retiring members of its board at the Feb. 8 event.

  • Brian Tierney, AEP
  • Jeanette Armbrust, Skyline Exhibits of Central Ohio
  • Parker MacDonell, Rev1 Ventures
  • Bill Porter, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP


The Columbus Chamber of Commerce is a resources-based non-profit organization serving more than 1,300 member organizations in Central Ohio. Providing support in areas such as research, marketing, talent advisement, networking, and government affairs, the Chamber has been helping businesses thrive since its founding in 1884.


Joe Bellfy
Director of Marketing and Engagement