After 12 years Hottinger seeks different role in Licking County business community
The Licking County Chamber of Commerce today announced President & CEO Cheri Hottinger has submitted her resignation, effective September 30, 2016. The Board of Directors accepted her resignation, with regret, at a special board meeting held on August 24, 2016. Hottinger led the Chamber for 12 years and played a key role in its membership growth and accreditation from the US Chamber of Commerce.
Hottinger cited a desire for a new professional challenge and an opportunity to use and grow her business skills in a different way as the reason for ending her tenure as Chamber president. “Although I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Chamber, I know it is time for me to pursue other interests and opportunities within Licking County,” Hottinger said. “I chose this time to take the next step in my career because the Chamber is running smoothly. We are at the top of our game right now. I know I am leaving it in very good hands – the Chamber has a very talented team and is supported by a dedicated Board of Directors. The Chamber is in a great position to continue its successful service to our community.”
Highlights from Hottinger’s career at the Chamber include a growth in membership from 490 to 1550 and earning Accreditation from the US Chamber of Commerce. Only 3% of chambers of commerce across the nation earn this distinction.
Hottinger plans to join The Park National Bank, where she once worked in the past. “I am grateful and excited to be able to continue using my talent and experience with local businesses as part of a local company who is headquartered in downtown Newark.”
Licking County Chamber Chairman Luke Baus said, “The Board recognizes the considerable value that Cheri has brought to the Chamber over the past twelve years. She has worked tirelessly to make the Chamber what it is today, and we greatly appreciate her devotion and leadership. We wish her all the best in this next phase of her career."
The Board of Directors has formed a search committee, led by Chamber Board Chair-Elect Dan McVey, to seek out potential replacements for Hottinger.