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There's nothing stuffy about this Chamber. Founded by visionary business leaders in 1890, your chamber is future-focused, evolving alongside our members. Together, we create a more vibrant city.

Today, we continue a legacy of those forward-thinking business and community leaders who sought to create a fertile environment for business growth and personal success.

Our VISION

We are your primary resource for business success.

We foster an environment for:

• Business Growth
• Entrepreneurship
• Talent Attraction and Retention
• Innovation

Our MISSION

Business Thrives. Community Grows.

Supported by a committed board comprised of Chamber members and small but mighty staff, the Chamber's mission is to help business thrive so that our community grows.

22 Cindy Frey

Cindy Frey

President

Crissy (3435 × 5145 px)

Crissy Riley

Membership Director

 

22 Kami Adams

Kami Adams

Director of Operations and Finance

 

22 Aubrey Smith

Aubrey Smith

Member Services Leader

 

Cindy Frey has more than 30 years’ experience driving growth and visibility in leading corporate, nonprofit, government and educational organizations. She joined the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce as its president in 2013. She has called Columbus her home for 25 years.

 

Crissy is the newest member of the Chamber team. Beginning September 6, 2022, Crissy will begin as the Membership Director. Crissy has a background in marketing and sales and has been a a key member of our Chamber Ambassador program for years. Crissy's responsibilities will include all things membership.

 

A 24-year veteran on the team, Kami manages every aspect of the Chamber's operations. She directs financial oversight for the Chamber and its Foundation, human resources programs for the Chamber and two partner organizations, as well as the Chamber's communications and event logistics.

 

As the first point of contact, our member services leader ensures that our customers get the answers they need. She coordinates dozens of events and programs, including ambassador meetings, board meetings, ribbon cuttings, advocacy events, Speed Networking, Taking Care of Business and more.

 

Board Members

TARA JAMES

Chair
Breeden Commercial

MIKE McIVER

Past Chair
Sharpnack Bigley Stroh & Washburn

STEVEN ENGELSTAD

Executive Committee Member
Engelstad Wealth Advisors

JOHN SADTLER

Executive Committee Member
SIHO Insurance Services

MANDY WYANT

Executive Committee Member
Family Chiropractic and Wellness

LISA ABENDROTH

The Savory Swine

MATT CAROTHERS

Northwestern Mutual - Greater Horizon

WAYNE De FREITAS

CinLee Services, LLC

ELIZABETH HOEGEMAN

Cummins Inc.

JONAS HOWELL

Centra Credit Union

BILL JENSEN

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation

BRADY LOFTON

Faurecia

MICHELLE SCHAEFER

JCB

NICK SPRAGUE

Sprague Company Hotel Developers

SHARLA TODD

First Financial Bank

DONNA ZEH

Ivy Tech Community College

JASON HESTER

Ex-Officio
Greater Columbus Economic Development

JIM LIENHOOP

Ex-Officio
Mayor - City of Columbus

TONY LONDON

Ex-Officio
Bartholomew County Commissioners

KAREN NIVERSON

Ex-Officio
Columbus Visitors Center

ASHLEY DIETER

Ex-Officio
Community Education Coalition

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