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Chamber Information

Keeping the Chamber current, timely and responsive to the needs of its members is critical to future success. The Chamber Board of Trustees, with Chamber staff and input from Chamber members, wrote a new strategic plan for 2011-2015. Through this process, new vision and mission statements were written. Four key areas were also identified as being crucial to our region and members’ success.

Driving the success of the region in a global economy through the power of business.

Provide leadership, advocacy and resources to advance a competitive economic climate, benefiting business and the region.

Advocacy: Represent business in shaping public policy and initiatives.

Business Expertise: Provide expertise and resources for business success.

Buying Power: Leverage the buying power of the membership base to reduce the cost of doing business.

Connection: Link business people to each other, their communities, business opportunities and the Chamber.

2014 Board of Trustees

Ms. Stacy Hammer
Manpower Inc. of Toledo

Mr. Timothy A. Alter
Rudolph/Libbe Inc.

Mr. Miguel Alvarez
North Star BlueScope Steel LLC

Mr. Frank Beans
The Collaborative Inc.

Mr. Benjamin T. Brown
Vice President
Brooks Insurance Agency, Inc.

Mr. Steve Cavanaugh
Executive Vice President & COO
HCR ManorCare

Mr. Brian Chambers
Vice President and General Manager of Roofing and Asphalt
Owens Corning

Mr. Mike Collins
Market Director
Pepsi Beverages Company

Mr. Nicholas J. Cron
Rohrbachers Cron Manahan Trimble & Zimmerman Co. LPA

Mr. David W. Dmytryka
Dmytryka Jacobs Engineers, Inc.

Mr. David Fowler
Harmon Sign, Inc.

Mr. Thomas M. George
Robison, Curphey & O’Connell, LLC

Mr. Truman (Tim) Greenwood
Spengler Nathanson P.L.L.

Ms. Pamela Hershberger
Office Managing Partner
Ernst & Young, LLP

Mr. Richard Hylant
President – Toledo
Hylant Group, Inc.

Lloyd A. Jacobs, M.D.
The University of Toledo

Mr. Chris Kozak
Communication & Community Relations Manager
Columbia Gas

Mr. Robert LaClair
President and CEO
Fifth Third Bank (Northwestern Ohio)

Mr. Doug Mallette
Product Manager - Labor
HCR ManorCare

Mr. Thomas J. Manahan, Jr.
The Lathrop Company

Dr. Mary Ellen Mazey
Bowling Green State University

Mr. William McDonnell
Regional President

Mr. Kirkland Mizerek
Executive Vice President
Palmer Energy

Ms. Debra Monagan
Communica, Inc.

Ms. Linda Moss
Regional President
Toledo Edison

Mr. Timothy T. Paige
Vice President, Administration
Libbey Inc.

Mr. Charles A. Parcher
FirstMerit Bank, NW OH Region

Ms. Barbara Petee
Chief Advocacy and Government Relations Officer

Mr. Thomas F. Pounds
Toledo Free Press, LLC

Ms. Andrea R. Price, FACHE
President & CEO, Northern Region

Mr. R. J. Rajner
Vice President
Roemer Insurance

Mr. Richard J. St. Jean
Vice President & General Manager
Hollywood Casino

Mr. Marc Stockwell
Principal – Toledo Office
Findley Davies, Inc.

Mr. Gary Thieman Sr.
Vice President Northwestern Ohio Region
Medical Mutual

Mr. Frederick Treuhaft
Plante & Moran, PLLC

Mr. James F. Weber, CPA
Managing Member
Weber-O’Brien Ltd.

Mr. Thomas Weinrich
Metal Forming & Coining Corp.

Ms. MaryBeth Wilkinson
Associate General Counsel

Mr. Craig Winn
President & CEO
The Applied Group

Mr. David Woodward
Creative Director/Principal
North Design, LLC

The Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce

The Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce is the organization of choice for tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and leaders in the New Manufacturing Economy. Through the strength of our membership, we deliver the leadership, advocacy and resources necessary to fast-track your business opportunities. We invite you to get connected to all we have to offer – from reducing your business costs by taking advantage of the Chamber’s buying power, to achieving your goals through the help of our business expertise, to making connections that make a difference, to helping shape public policy and supporting good government through our advocacy, you’ll find many ways to maximize the investment you’re making in the success of your business and our community.

The Chamber offers members a number of cost saving benefit programs which can easily provide a significant return on their membership investment. These programs include:

Health Insurance – Build a competitive employee benefits package with health and wellness, dental, vision, life and disability insurance through Medical Mutual and Consumers Life.

Workers’ Compensation Group Pooling – Save up to the state maximum workers’ compensation discount with V&A Risk Services and receive excellent claims management service focused on cost control strategies to ensure group participation in future policy years.

Chamber Energy Solutions – Take advantage of the strength of group purchasing to save on your electric and natural gas costs. Members can save up to 20% off their business’ energy costs.

Office Supply Discounts – Save 5-10 percent on most in-store and online Office Depot products. Save 15-30 percent on copy paper, ink and toner.

Get the edge your business needs to succeed and grow at every stage of the business cycle. Achieve your goals with the help of our business expertise.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) – The SBDC provides consulting, training and peer-to-peer support to help you improve the profitability of your business and can assist you in exploring expanded export markets to other states, regions and international markets.

Manufacturing and Technology SBDC (MTSBDC) - Manufacturing and technology specialists provide businesses with one-on-one counseling to assist in the development and commercialization of innovative technologies and advanced manufacturing.

Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC) – The MBAC helps minority- and women-owned businesses access government programs, complete certification applications, identify local resources and access financial assistance.

The Northwest Ohio Solar Initiative – The Chamber has developed the Northwest Ohio Solar Initiative to accelerate the growth of the solar industry in the Toledo Region. The initiative is guided by an advisory council consisting of representatives from solar manufacturing companies and professional resource providers that support the industry. A business-driven effort, the Northwest Ohio Solar Initiative plans to promote the growth and influence of the solar industry as well as to grow the job market in the region through the support of solar.

Benefits2Business – An opportunity for small businesses to access 10 hours of free professional services from top volunteer experts in key areas of business management including accounting, banking, benefits, human resources, insurance, legal, manufacturing, marketing/public relations and technology.

Make connections that make a difference. Gain access to other members, our community, young professionals and business opportunities.

Networking – Chamber events are a great way to build those all-important business relationships and increase awareness of your products and/or services. Be sure to check out the upcoming opportunities at and then grab a bunch of business cards and join us!

Membership Directory Referrals – If you can’t get away from your office, cash register or manufacturing line to join us for events, we understand that, too. That just makes your listing in our online directory, which receives more than 5,000 hits per month, even more important. Your membership is still helping to get your name out there, even when you can’t be.

Toledo Area Small Business Association (TASBA) – TASBA is the Chamber’s small-business division, working to enhance and promote a favorable business climate for small businesses (150 or fewer employees) in northwest Ohio. A board of directors, which represents a cross-section of the Chamber’s small-business members, sets TASBA’s activities and policies.

One of TASBA’s goals is to act as the advocate for small-business interests regarding public policy issues. For this reason, TASBA may take a separate position on legislative issues from the Chamber to ensure that the small-business perspective is represented.


David Woodward
Creative Director/Principal North Design, LLC

Kathy Brentlinger
Senior Care Management, Inc.

C. Fred Charpie, III
Patent Attorney
Fraser Clemens Martin & Miller LLC

Bret Clark
CPA, Member
Weber-O’Brien Ltd.

Ann Fago
AIM Specialists, a Div. of Print All, Inc.

Dean Frederick
D. R. Frederick & Associates, LLC

Alex Gerken
Senior Vice President
Fifth Third Bank

Steven Heaney
Minuteman Press

William Horvath
Dox Systems, LLC

Jeff Klar
Director of Sales
Meyer Hill Lynch Corporation

Mike Langenderfer
The Countertop Shop

Mike Messenger
Robison, Curphey & O’Connell

Kirkland Mizerek
Executive Vice President
Palmer Energy

Gary Pfundt
Mosley, Pfundt, Platz & Glick, Inc.

R. J. Rajner
Vice President
Roemer Insurance

Steve Robison
West Printers

James Slattery
Val-Pak of NW Ohio

Mark Smigelski
Senior Vice President
Savage & Associates

Steve Smigelski
General Manager
Kuhlman Corporation

Timothy Stansfield
IET Engineering

Michael Temple
Temple Development Company LLC

Mark Trimble
Rhorbachers, Cron, Manahan & Trimble

Allen Underwood
MBA Director
Arrowhead Campus Director Heidelberg University

Thomas Weinrich
Metal Forming & Coining Corp.

Jeff Williams
Bassett Nut Co.

Young Professionals – EPIC, which stands for “engaging people, inspiring change,” was created and designed by the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce as an organization that works to attract and retain young professional talent to our region. Through its membership, more than 1,500 individuals are meeting and working together to learn about the issues affecting our region, engaging in important business, cultural and economic development issues, developing critical leadership skills and making a difference in the community.

Northwest Ohio Brand Council – The Northwest Ohio Brand Council works to position the Toledo Region as a warm, worldly and enterprising place and the destination of choice for tomorrow’s leaders in the New Manufacturing Economy. It brings together messages, tools, assets and strategies to create a stronger, sharper and clearer perception of the unique assets we provide and qualities we possess as a community. When we use it together, we are giving our region a competitive edge that can truly make a difference.


When you know the issues and understand where your local and state representatives stand on those issues, you can make the right decisions for you and your business.

Supporting good government through legislative advocacy is vital to safeguarding and fostering a pro-business environment in the Toledo Region that encourages job creation. The Chamber does this by identifying, researching and representing you on the issues, mandates and regulations that will affect your business.

You can stay informed by getting involved on a committee, attending an advocacy-focused event or other informational seminar, or simply by getting our legislative update emails. Some of our advocacy events also give you a voice by creating opportunities for you to interact with elected officials at all levels.


If you’ve ever thought of getting into the political arena yourself, or if you just want to learn more about working with elected officials, then our yearly Leadership Academy is for you.

Whether you choose to participate in an event, take advantage of training and information resources, sign up for one of the many cost-saving programs available through the Chamber, or are looking for ways to access the talent, capital resources and assets of the region, there are many ways that you can maximize the value of your membership and fast-track your business opportunities. Learn more by visiting our website at

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