About Us

The Columbus Indiana Chamber of Commerce began in 1890 as a small club of business owners.  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.

Cindy Frey

Cindy Frey

President

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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 23 years.

Kami Adams

Kami Adams

Director of Operations & Finance

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A 20-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.

Tim Cooney

Tim Cooney

Director of Membership

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A small business owner for 40 years, Tim recruits, retains and engages members. Drawing on his own experiences and his vast professional network, he creates value for every Chamber member.

Melissa Bennessee

Melissa Hennessee

Project Leader

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As the first point of contact, Melissa 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

JAMES EULER

Past Chair
Taylor Bros. Construction

KARL KISSINGER

Chair
Centra Credit Union

SCOTT REDELMAN

Vice Chair & Treasurer
Toyota Material Handling USA

LISA ABENDROTH

Executive Committee Member
The Savory Swine

TARA BOARD

Executive Committee Member
Breeden Commercial

MARY WEISS

Elwood Staffing

MIKE MCIVER

Sharpnack Bigley Stroh & Washburn

DENISE GLESING

Columbus Regional Health

AMIT PATEL

AGS Private Equity

STEVEN COMBS

Ivy Tech Community College

STEVEN ENGELSTAD

Engelstad Wealth Advisors

KEVIN WETTSCHURACK

Kinney Paper & Chemical Co.

FRANK WADSWORTH

IUPUC

JOHN SADTLER

SIHO Insurance Services

BILL JENSEN

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation

ELIZABETH HOEGEMAN

Cummins Inc.

BRUCE WYNN

First Financial Bank

MANDY WYANT

Family Chiropractic and Wellness

BEN MCDANIEL

Faurecia

JASON HESTER

Ex-Officio
Greater Columbus Economic Development

KAREN NIVERSON

Ex-Officio
Columbus Visitors Center

JIM LIENHOOP

Ex-Officio
Mayor - City of Columbus

CARL LIENHOOP

Ex-Officio
Bartholomew County Commissioners

JAKE MILLER

Ex-Officio
Hope Chamber of Commerce

KATHY OREN

Ex-Officio
Community Education Coalition