Columbus Chamber of Commerce Introduces 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 four new members to its Board of Directors at its 2019 Annual Meeting, Feb. 7.

Lori Kaiser of Kaiser Consulting, Elizabeth Blount McCormick of UNIGLOBE Travel Designers, Terri Meldrum of OhioHealth and Michael Wilknis of Mount Carmel Health System will join 33 existing Chamber board members effective February 2019.

“We are proud to serve our Columbus business community at the Chamber. Our board of directors play a large role in providing insight, guidance and direction on concepts that accelerate not only our organization, but member organizations as well,” said Don DePerro, Columbus Chamber president and CEO.

Keith Stevens of PSI has been appointed as board chairman. Stevens holds a long history within the Chamber and has previously dedicated his time to serving as chair of the Membership Engagement Committee, as well as a presenter at the Chamber’s 2019 Annual Meeting.

Darci Congrove, managing director of GBQ and previous chair of the Workforce Development Committee, now holds the position of chair elect during Stevens’ term as board chair. Congrove’s new position is a result of the strategic succession plan established by the Chamber.

“The implementation of a strategic succession plan for the Chamber Board of Directors has proven to be a beneficial avenue,” said DePerro. “The consistency this method offers ties into factors of the Chamber’s four-year strategic plan which allows us to remain focused on the essentials and our members.”

The Chamber also recognized seven retiring members of its board at the Feb. 7 event.

  • Lisa M. Bachmann, Big Lots
  •  Michael DeAscentis, II, Lifestyle Communities
  •  John Lowe, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
  •  Butch Moore, Dispatch Broadcast Group
  •  John (JJ) Rodeheffer, Zipline Logistics
  •  Mohan Viddam, Halcyon Solutions
  •  Vinson Yates, OhioHealth


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.


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