Committees

Agenda 360  – Mary Stagaman 513.579.3129

Ambassador Committee Angie Fairbanks 513.579.3189/579.3161

  • Open to all Chamber members
  • Purpose - Welcomes new Chamber members through personal contact with an invitation to attend an upcoming networking event. Attends grand openings and ribbon cutting ceremonies for chamber member companies. Delivers certificates to member companies celebrating significant anniversaries for the number of years they’ve been in business.

Downtown Council Operations Committee Patrick Sheeran 513.579.3196

  • Open to all Chamber members
  • Purpose – To provide support, direction, advise, input, expertise regarding the Downtown Council events.

Oktoberfest Operations CommitteeLori Salzarulo 513.579.3187

  • Open to all Chamber members
  • Purpose – To provide support, direction, advise, input, expertise regarding Oktoberfest.

Taste of Cincinnati Operations CommitteeLori Salzarulo 513.579.3187

  • Open to all Chamber members
  • Purpose – To provide support, direction, advise, input, expertise regarding Taste of Cincinnati.

Government Affairs Policy & Ballot Issues CommitteeJason Kershner 513.579.3120 

  • Open to all Chamber members
  • Purpose - The Committee’s focus is on ballot issues, legislation, rules, and other official proposals that affect businesses or business development in Greater Cincinnati. The Committee seeks to work with legislators or other decision makers. That work focuses on conveying the Chamber's interests, concerns, suggestions and priorities regarding public policy proposals. This is time-sensitive work that usually has to be completed within a schedule set by legislative committees or other oversight bodies needing to complete their tasks by a certain date.

Government Affairs CouncilTom Ewing 513.579.3176 and Jason Kershner 513.579.3120 

  • Open to all Chamber Members
  • Purpose - The Committee’s focus is on legislation, rules, and other official proposals that affect businesses or business development in Greater Cincinnati. The Committee seeks to work with legislators or other decision makers. That work focuses on conveying the Chamber's interests, concerns, suggestions and priorities regarding public policy proposals. This is time-sensitive work that usually has to be completed within a schedule set by legislative committees or other oversight bodies needing to complete their tasks by a certain date.

Government Affairs Environmental Issues CommitteeTom Ewing 513.579.3176

  • Open to all Chamber members
  • Purpose - The Committee’s focus is on environmental issues, rules, and other official proposals that affect businesses or business development in Greater Cincinnati. The Committee seeks to work with legislators or other decision makers. That work focuses on conveying the Chamber's interests, concerns, suggestions and priorities regarding public policy proposals. This is time-sensitive work that usually has to be completed within a schedule set by legislative committees or other oversight bodies needing to complete their tasks by a certain date.

Government Affairs Health Care CommitteeJason Kershner 513.579.3120

  • Open to all Chamber members
  • Purpose - The Committee’s focus is on health care issues, rules, and other official proposals that affect businesses or business development in Greater Cincinnati. The Committee seeks to work with legislators or other decision makers. That work focuses on conveying the Chamber's interests, concerns, suggestions and priorities regarding public policy proposals. This is time-sensitive work that usually has to be completed within a schedule set by legislative committees or other oversight bodies needing to complete their tasks by a certain date.

Government Affairs Transportation CommitteeTom Ewing 513.579.3176

  • Open to all Chamber members
  • Purpose - The Committee’s focus is on transportation issues, legislation, rules, and other official proposals that affect businesses or business development in Greater Cincinnati. The Committee seeks to work with legislators or other decision makers. That work focuses on conveying the Chamber's interests, concerns, suggestions and priorities regarding public policy proposals. This is time-sensitive work that usually has to be completed within a schedule set by legislative committees or other oversight bodies needing to complete their tasks by a certain date.

Government Affairs Tax & Finance CommitteeJason Kershner 513.579.3120

  • Open to all Chamber members
  • Purpose - The Committee’s focus is on city and state taxation issues, legislation, rules, and other official proposals that affect businesses or business development in Greater Cincinnati. The Committee seeks to work with legislators or other decision makers. That work focuses on conveying the Chamber's interests, concerns, suggestions and priorities regarding public policy proposals. This is time-sensitive work that usually has to be completed within a schedule set by legislative committees or other oversight bodies needing to complete their tasks by a certain date. 

Government Affairs Education & Workforce Development Committee Tom Ewing 513.579.3176

  • Open to all Chamber members
  • Purpose - The Committee’s focus is on education and workforce issues, legislation, rules, and other official proposals that affect businesses or business development in Greater Cincinnati. The Committee seeks to work with legislators or other decision makers. That work focuses on conveying the Chamber's interests, concerns, suggestions and priorities regarding public policy proposals. This is time-sensitive work that usually has to be completed within a schedule set by legislative committees or other oversight bodies needing to complete their tasks by a certain date. 

HYPE Talent PipelineJulie Bernzott 513. 579.3113

  • Open to any interested party, skewed towards age demographic of 21-40
  • Purpose - Serve as the liaison into the corporate HR world to help HYPE and the Chamber better understand the issues and needs of top talent officers and their HR colleagues in order to develop resources for them to help them attract, acclimate and retain top talent in and to their companies.

Middle Market Advisory Committee – John Bosse 513.686.2989

  • By invitation - C Suite Executives of member companies with 51 - 399 employees
  • Purpose - To provide counsel, guidance and leadership for Middle Market Group strategies, objectives and initiatives. Will be asked to evaluate existing programs in terms of meeting the needs of mid-market members as well as review new program offerings for possible implementation. They will also be asked to weigh in on the areas of economic development, government advocacy and business growth as it affects their organizations and business as a whole within their industries.

Small Business Excellence Awards ExaminersLaurie Brinkman 513.686.2945

  • The original committee is asked to come back first. Then other members are invited to become involved.
  • Purpose - Examiners will confidentially review and score all applications over a 3-5 day period which will lead to the Small Business Awards finalists and winners.
  • This is a great opportunity for members to connect with and be able to "get to know" other small businesses

Small Business Advisory Committee John Bosse 513.686.2989

  • By invitation – Owners of member companies with 1-50 emps
  • Purpose – Advises the Chamber of key issues affecting small business in the region and how the Chamber can be understanding and responsive to the needs of small business members in areas including economic development, government advocacy, business growth and membership services. They will also provide strategic input, counsel and oversight to the Small Business and Programs Team of the Chamber to assist the staff in their efforts to meet the unique needs of small business members with programs, services and benefits that will enable members to achieve sustainable business success and experience value in being a member of the Chamber.

Women Excel (WE)
WE Link/Athena PowerLink Advisory Panel
Diana Long 513.686.2946

  • Panelists must have an expertise in one of the advisory panel areas – HR, Strategic Planning, Process/Procedures or Marketing. There’s a call for applications in late Spring each year.
  • Purpose - Advisory Panel members provide consulting service in their area of expertise to a woman-owned small business. The business is selected by a competitive application process. Members work individually with the company and attend four panel meetings over the course of the year to report progress.
  • There is no compensation for service, but advisory panel members and their companies receive recognition in WE Link articles and publications. The term of commitment is one year.

WE Link/Athena PowerLink Governing BodyDiana Long 513.686.2946

  • Governing body members are invited to join. Business expertise, especially in supporting small businesses in strongly desired.
  • Purpose - Governing body members select the recipient of Advisory Panel support and oversee their work. The business is selected by a competitive application process. Members attend four meetings a year in addition to their work in the selection process.
  • Governing body members receive recognition in WE Link articles and publications.

WE Celebrate Examiners Diana Long 513.686.2946

  • Members should have business expertise sufficient to be able to rate award applications. Invitations are sent to past examiners and other chamber committees in October of each year, but new participants are welcome.
  • Purpose - WE Celebrate Examiners each rate 10-12 award applications on a variety of criteria.
  • Examiners are able to attend the WE Celebrate event at no charge. This is a short term assignment involving one meeting in October and the time needed to rate the applications in early to mid November.

Women Excel Executive Advisory BoardDiana Long 513.686.2946

  • Joining is by invitation only. The WE Executive Advisory Board will consist of well known and established women business leaders representing the diverse mix of member companies of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.
  • Purpose - The primary roles of the Executive Advisory Board are to support, endorse and lend credibility to Women Excel; and be an advocate for the advancement of women’s leadership and business presence in the Cincinnati USA Region. In addition, this group will recruit participants from their business networks and take the lead role in identifying and securing financial resources.
  • This committee is for senior-level women who want to serve in an advisory role. 

Women Excel Leadership TeamDiana Long 513.686.2946

  • Joining is by invitation only. The WE Leadership Team consists of successful and committed women leaders representing the diverse mix of member companies of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. 
  • Purpose - The primary role of the Leadership Team is to plan, energize and implement the framework for the Women Excel platform programs and initiatives. In addition, this group will actively recruit participants as well as pursue and secure financial and other resources to support the initiative.
  • This committee is for women who want to serve in a more hands-on role.

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