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Meet Our Board – Doug Eberle


1-IMG_9577Doug Eberle has been a local business owner since 2010 and a member of our Board of Directors since 2017.

He grew up in Slippery Rock and went on to college at Edinboro University. In 1986, he moved to Venango County when his family purchased the Oil City Agway store.

After working for Agway for more than 20 years, Doug took over the family business and continues to own and operate the store. Doug’s wife, Kim, is a teacher at the Oil City School District and his children, Danielle and Mitchell, both live and work in Pittsburgh.

Besides serving on our board, Doug is a member of the Venango County Humane Society’s Board of Directors and is also involved with Jamie’s Kids, a local nonprofit organization that gives aid to children in our area who have been identified by educators as having a need, and the Blue & White Turkey Bowl, a fundraiser for the Oil City School District’s Blue & White Booster Club.

In his free time, you can find Doug spending time with family and doing anything that involves being outdoors, including biking at Oil Creek State Park, hunting, and playing softball in the Oil City 35 and older league.

He enjoys living here because of opportunities for outdoor recreation, the friendly people, and the relaxed and slow-paced atmosphere.

Doug has appreciated being able to contribute towards the mission of the Chamber to help grow local business.

“My role as a chamber member is to be an advocate for the Chamber and the many roles it has in our business community,” he said.

 

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s September 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Meet Our Board – Joyce Morgan


Joyce MorganJoyce Morgan served on the Venango Chamber board from 2014 through 2016 and came back this year, after taking a break to complete her master’s degree in Nursing Leadership and Education.

She has worked at UPMC Northwest for 33 years and is currently the Director of Patient and Community Relations, as well as the Director of the Diabetes Center.

“From the several years I have been involved with the Chamber, I have seen growth in the leadership of the board and feel we have an organized approach to meet the needs of our members,” she told us. “We are doing better at promoting local business, culture and quality of life in our area.”

Joyce feels she can add her perspective and experience as a healthcare worker and educator to the diverse board.  She plans on focusing her energy on the Education and Advocacy committees and is impressed with FLEX, commenting that they provide hope for an exciting future for our area.

Connections are something Joyce sees as being critical in our region and knows the Chamber plays a key role in making them. For example, when Joyce’s fiancé Dick was looking for a venue for an archery shoot, she was able to work with the Chamber to find the right fit in our region.

This led to bringing an International Bowhunting Organization (IBO) National Championship to Venango County, to be held July 13-15 at Two Mile Run County Park, which will attract hundreds of visitors to the area, resulting in a positive impact for local businesses.

Born and raised in Oil City, Joyce’s family owned a store on Spruce Street, then a restaurant/bar on North Seneca Street. She attended the Assumption Grade School, graduated from Venango Christian High School, and went on to attend college at Gannon University. She is an avid fan of the Pittsburgh sports teams, and her hobbies include gardening and swimming.  She has two dogs, Sassy and Tilly, and she will welcome four cats to the menagerie, as she was recently engaged in April.

She is proud of her Polish heritage and has had the opportunity to visit Poland twice. Although she enjoys traveling, she is happy to call Venango County home.

“We are fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of Pennsylvania.  I am so happy we have seen a growth in tourism and I think people are drawn here for the work/life balance. It is helpful when recruiting for positions at the hospital,” she said. “I have always liked the small community atmosphere.”

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s June 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

 

Meet Our Board – Trenton Moulin


Picture4Trenton Moulin is currently serving his second year as a member of our board. He previously served as president of the Chamber’s young professionals group, FLEX. He was a major presence in founding FLEX and establishing the group as an effective network of young professionals dedicated to empowering future leaders in the Venango region.  Trenton was awarded Young Professional of the Year in 2015.

Trenton graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and began working in nonprofit accounting before moving to HR recruiting. He later became the Director of Development at the American Red Cross. For the past seven years, Trenton has worked as the Executive Director of Bridge Builders Community Foundations, an organization focused on creating and growing endowments that benefit the needs in our region.

Outside of work, Trenton is hugely involved in the community and has served as a volunteer in a wide variety of organizations, including the Oil City Main Street Program and the Oil Region Library Association. In his free time, Trenton loves experiencing the outdoor recreation available in our area, including the rivers and trails. He also enjoys attending Pitt football games and, most importantly, spending quality time with his wife and two children.

Trenton loves the comradery he finds working in a close-knit community.  He enjoys the teamwork and sense of unity the working community shares.

“It’s great when a group of people get together to make something happen,” said Trenton.

His goal as a member of our board is to position the Chamber as the leading resource for the business community and the number-one generator of leaders in our region. He also continues his support of FLEX and would like to see the organization continue to promote the empowerment of our region’s young leaders who are equipped to help the area thrive.

Trenton envisions a future Venango Region that has rebranded itself as something not-quite-rural, not-quite-urban, but something in between that has found its niche, attracting new businesses and becoming a hub of new and exciting ideas.

 

 

Meet Our Board – Deb Lutz


Deb Lutz1Deb Lutz has served as a Chamber board member since January of 2013. She worked in economic development for 13 years. She recently changed positions, and she now works for the Steel Valley Authority in the Strategic Early Warning Network or SEWN program. SEWN assists manufacturing entities by offering layoff aversion or business retention services that are geared to stabilize, restructure, turn around, or attract buyers for at-risk small and medium-sized companies.

As someone who truly enjoys working in our region, Deb appreciates the people, the culture, and the perseverance of the residents in the area. “The combination really does make the Venango Region a special place to live and work,” she said.

In her spare time, Deb loves to experience all the recreational opportunities that this region has to offer. “There is truly something to do in any of the four seasons,” she said.

Deb’s goals as a member of our board include continuing to work with the other board members to promote the vision and mission of the Chamber, continuing to be responsive and proactive to the needs of our businesses, and having the Chamber continue to be the conduit on a variety of levels to the residents and communities that we serve.

“Every citizen, business, organization, and political entity plays a role in the world of Chambers of Commerce,” said Deb. “Every connection with an existing investor or visitor creates an impression about Venango County. That impression can be positive or negative, but all impressions ultimately build Venango County’s brand in the larger world.”

“The Chamber is a network of individuals, organizations, programs, and services dedicated to working with new and existing businesses that work cooperatively to drive vitality and prosperity,” said Deb. “I see a great deal to be optimistic about for the future of the Venango Region.”

Deb feels that maintaining a positive outlook and working together as a community towards a common goal is the key to ensuring a bright future for the Venango Region.

“There are exciting things that are happening in and around Venango County that will take a few years to develop, but, when they do I believe there will be opportunities that we, as a region, have not seen for a while,” she said. “But we need to stay connected and work collaboratively to take full advantage.”

 

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Meet Our Board: Frank Hajduk


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Frank Hajduk served as the Board’s secretary for his first two years as a member. He is now in his third year as a member and is serving as Vice Chairman of the Board.

Frank grew up in Oil City and attended college in Ohio to become a mechanical engineer. Before graduating, Frank had the honor of being the JOY’s first-ever co-op student, an opportunity which allowed him to gain valuable work experience. Frank then went on to have a successful career in engineering management, which led him all over the country to places including North Carolina, Texas, Illinois, and New Jersey.

While working in New Jersey, Frank became the chief operating officer of an engineering company. He was able to retire at 54, and he has since returned to his hometown and devoted his time to contributing to the community in what he calls his “give-back phase.”

Frank’s efforts throughout his “working retirement” in our region have been focused on economic development. He has worked as a board member of the Oil Region Alliance to promote the success of small businesses in the area. He has also worked to develop bike trails and other recreational resources in the area. Frank has also been heavily involved with SCORE for the past 5.5 years. During that time, his branch has helped 113 small businesses to grow and develop.

Frank’s main goal as a board member has been to develop and execute a long-term strategic plan that reflects the goals and values of the Chamber.

“I wanted to create an implementation strategy so that the Chamber would have an actionable plan of activities that would lead to completing goals,” said Frank.

Frank’s vision for our area is to see small businesses thrive. He envisions a thriving region in which people do not need to go elsewhere to further their careers. He hopes to see a well-developed economy that allows businesses including restaurants, technological development, and more to succeed.

“We need to use the recreational resources we have in this area, like our waterways and bike trails, which are some of the best in the country, to build a community that attracts the next generation of economic development,” Frank said.

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