The Michigan City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce newly elected directors and officers to the board for 2021. During the November and December Board of Directors’ meetings, the following directors and officers were unanimously approved.
Approved for their first three-year terms is Paz Garcia with Sodexo, Kim Giannetti with General Insurance Services, and Mark Zemrowski with Von Tobel Lumber and Hardware. Elected officers for 2020 are Bill Gertner with Horizon Bank as Chair, Jill Nygren with Franciscan Health Michigan City as Chair-Elect, Megan Applegate with Applegate & Co., CPA, as Treasurer, and Brenda Temple with Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa as Secretary. 2020 Chair, John Wall, will serve as Past Chair for 2021. “We want to thank John for his leadership of the Chamber during this difficult year” incoming Chair, Bill Gertner stated, “As we head into 2021 with an even stronger commitment to provide value to our members, we are grateful for the dedication of the board and committee members who serve the chamber.”
“I would like to extend a special appreciation to our outgoing directors,” stated Chamber President, Katie Eaton, “Each of the three departing directors have served on the Chamber Board for two terms, a total of six years.” Directors departing at the end of 2020 are Rod Bensz with B&E Marine, Charlie Keene with General Insurance Services, and Stephanie Oberlie with Harbour Trust & Investment Management. Directors continuing their terms on the board include Curt Cipares with Tonn & Blank, Clarence Hulse with Economic Development Corporation Michigan City, Kristina Jacobucci with Newby, Lewis, Kaminski and Jones, Julie Krause with Patrick’s Grille, Chad McKeever with Sullair, Scott Newcomb with Sullivan Palatek, and Sandra Smith with PNC Bank. Ex-officio directors are Dr. Barbara Eason-Watkins with Michigan City Area Schools and Aco Sikoski with Ivy Tech.
The Michigan City Chamber of Commerce serves to be a resource to its members, businesses, and the community to promote economic growth in the Michigan City area. The Michigan City Chamber of Commerce believes in fostering an inclusive business environment to promote a thriving community. In addition to the board of directors, the Michigan City Chamber has opportunities for its members to get involved in a variety of committees such as the Lakefront Career Network, Ambassador Committee, Small Business Council, and more. If you would like to participate in a committee or learn more about the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce, please contact us for more information. 219-874-6221, email@example.com, MichiganCityChamber.com.
Photos of new board members (LtoR: Garcia, Giannetti, Zemrowski) and 2021 Chair, Bill Gertner