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Meet Our Board – Ryan Bell

Ryan Bell, plant Manager at Webco Industries in Oil City, joined the Venango Chamber Board of Directors just this year.

Originally from the region, Ryan resides in Rockland Township and is married with four children and one grandchild. He has been a member of the Rockland Volunteer Fire Department for 15 years and a coach for youth football at Cranberry Elementary. He also enjoys fishing and shooting sports in his free time.

“I appreciate the opportunity to move back here with my wife to make a life for our family and raise our children in the community that I have always called home,” he said. “We are an outdoors family, so the opportunities Venango County offers make it a perfect fit for us.”

Ryan’s career has always been in the pipe and tube industry, in which he worked for Sawhill Tubular and Wheatland Tube prior to joining Webco in 2004. He became involved in the Chamber’s Advocacy Committee last year and is the committee chair for 2019.

“The Chamber Board is a very diverse group and I see my role as bringing a voice and perspective from manufacturing and industry,” he said. “I hope to see the Chamber continue to build upon its current role as a business connector in our community as well as continuing to represent the voice of our area businesses through advocacy.”

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s May 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Meet Our Board – Rebecca Beach

RebeccaRebecca Beach, Loan Program Manager at the Northwest Commission in Oil City, joined the Venango Chamber Board of Directors about four years ago.

At the Chamber, Rebecca serves on both the Executive and Finance Committees, and is an avid volunteer for the organization. She enjoys attending mixers and connecting with other members of the Board and Chamber.

Originally from this area, Rebecca attended Rocky Grove High School, then graduated from Mercyhurst College in 2008 with a degree in Business Administration. She moved home after graduation, but worked out of Erie, until she found a job position locally.

Rebecca has been involved with Future Leaders & Entrepreneurs Exchange (FLEX), the Chamber’s young professionals group, since 2011, where she has made many new friendships and appreciates the opportunities for networking. She is also a member of the committee for the Be Here initiative.

Prior to her job at the Northwest Commission, where she started in May of this year, Rebecca worked in banking for almost a decade. In the community, Rebecca serves on the Friends of the Oil Creek Board of Directors and is involved with multiple committees at the United Way of Venango County.

Rebecca resides in President and enjoys living along the river. In her free time, she likes being outdoors kayaking in the warmer months and skiing in the winter.

“I enjoy living and working in the Venango area because it’s such a close knit community,” Rebecca said. “I look forward to continuing to serve for the Chamber and other community organizations, to help our county and surrounding areas thrive.”

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

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–Cathy Kentzel

1-DSCF5752Cathy Kentzel has been serving the Venango Chamber as a board member since January of 2017. As owner of the Barnard House, a bed & breakfast in Emlenton, with her husband Paul, Cathy sees her role as directing some of the spotlight to the southern tier of our county.

Originally from the Pittsburgh area, Cathy grew up spending time along the Allegheny River at her family’s cottage in Fisherman’s Cove. During her time in Fisherman’s Cove, she eventually met Paul, and they chose to marry there.

The Kentzels moved to the North Hills of Pittsburgh, where they raised their five children for 28 years. Both Cathy and Paul worked as estate managers at Wilson Hall, located in Sewickley Heights, where they worked to preserve the estate for the last surviving industrial revolutionist. Paul worked to reclaim the home, while Cathy specialized in the gardens, leading to an induction of the hall into the Smithsonian Institution and entrance into the National Historic Registry.

After some changes in their careers, the couple was faced with crossroads that led them to Emlenton and the purchase of the Barnard House in 2014. “For this business, all of our talents came together,” said Cathy. “Paul was of assistance with historic preservation of the structure, while I used my experience as an event planner and professional gardener.”

Cathy and Paul created an original business plan, but got to know the environment and needs of the region, and shifted their focus more towards recreation and tourism, with a historical flare. The Barnard House also places high importance on locally sourcing as much as possible, such as food and services.

Cathy has appreciated the opportunity to use her perspective as a business owner to aid the Chamber’s board. As mentioned previously, her goal is to refocus many efforts onto the southern tier of our county, working to redefine the marketing of recreation and tourism in Emlenton and the entire region.

“I look forward to playing a part in moving forward in a positive direction to enable future collaboration and business in our area,” she said.

“Through the Chamber’s efforts in attracting a younger generation, we are receiving fresh ideas and concepts that this county needs. I see the Chamber starting to redefine itself and becoming somewhat of an incubator for potential concepts, ideas, and visions, for the entire region.”

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

Meet Our Board: David Snedden

Meet Our Board - David Snedden
David Snedden has served as a member of our board since January of 2012. He is our immediate past president, having served from 2015 to 2016.

David has a varied background in business, having worked as a pharmaceutical representative, as well as in insurance, among other things. He is currently the branch manager at Hagan Business Machines located in the Cranberry Mall. His primary focuses include engaging with the customer base, consulting on new equipment, training, and general problem solving.

Outside of work, David is highly involved with the  sports community. He runs a competitive adult volleyball program consisting of about 25 people. Many participants are local, but several travel from areas including Greenville, Tionesta, Cochranton, and Knox to be part of the program. David also serves as  Director for an adult basketball group, and chairs the committee for a benefit golf tournament. He also is the league commissioner for the Venango Christian softball league and coaches the First Church of God team.

“The best part of working in this area is definitely having the ability to build lasting relationships with my customers,” said David. “Since it’s a small area, I see them out and about. A lot of the time they feel more like friends than customers.”

During his term as president of our board, David’s main goal was to develop a more robust committee structure for the board.

“Since the Chamber is limited with a smaller staff, we wanted to involve more members and volunteers in a committee-based system to generate a broader reach in the community and local businesses,” said David.

This plan became a reality during David’s term as president, and the Chamber saw positive results. The Golf Outing Committee was able to revitalize the annual event to engage more of our members. The Business of the Year Committee implemented positive changes to restructure the event with a positive outcome. These are just a couple examples of how the committee system has impacted the Chamber.

As an active member of the community, David has an optimistic outlook for the future of our region.

“I think positive changes are happening,” said David. Change takes time. It takes a while for the efforts being made now to take effect and for the community at large to realize there are people like Ashley Cowles with the ‘Be Here’ initiative and many others who are making a difference.”