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Chamber Thanks Greg Merkel for Board Service

The Venango Chamber would like to thank Greg Merkel for recently completing his second three-year term on the Chamber’s board of directors. Greg is a Venango County transplant and attorney at Dale Woodard Gent McFate Law Firm in Franklin,  and he served as the Chairman of the Board from 2017-2018.

During his time as chair, the Chamber went through staff changes, an office move, and launched a Leadership program, in addition to the regular calendar of events and programs. Greg was also instrumental in developing and implementing the Chamber’s current strategic plan. 

Thank you, Greg, for your service to the Chamber and your community!

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s January 2020 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Chamber Welcomes Matt Deal to Board of Directors

Matt Deal, funeral director and owner of Morrison Funeral Home in Oil City, was appointed to the Venango Chamber’s Board of Directors at the October monthly meeting.  Matt will begin his first three-year term in January 2020. Matt will be featured in an upcoming “Meet the Board” article.

We would also like to recognize Carol Williams and Alan McBride, who are finishing up their board terms this month. Thank you, Carol and Alan, for your years of service and dedication.

Find a list of all our board members here.

Meet Our Board – Jake Hickman

Jake Hickman is serving in his fourth year as a Venango Chamber Board Member.  Jake is a Production Manager for Emlenton-based Hickman Lumber, founded by his great-grandfather, where he has worked for 11 years.

Jake and his wife Kendall are the parents of two sons, Eli (3) and Henry (18 months). Kendall is a Title 1 Reading Specialist with the Keystone School District.

Jake enjoys the quiet lifestyle that living in Venango County affords but appreciates the proximity to the things to do in Pittsburgh and even Baltimore—a short day’s trip. Living in Emlenton means a short commute to work and the luxury of being very close to family.

Jake has been active as a member of the Golf Committee during his tenure and especially enjoys attending events where he can bring the family along.

Reflecting on his time on the Board of the Chamber, Jake says: “It has been great to gain a better understanding of what goes on behind the scenes.  I have watched the continued diversity of the board and membership, as well as the development of the current staff.  I am encouraged that we have the right people working to advance the work of the Chamber.”

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s November 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

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.