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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: 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.”