June 26, 2016

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Chamber names new executive director

MEDINA — Heather Taylor will be the new executive director of the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce effective May 27.

Taylor comes to Medina from the Greater Akron Chamber where she has served as the small business membership coordinator.

“Her metro-chamber experience and prior business success coupled with her knowledge of the area and strong relationship skill-set makes Heather a natural fit for us.” Medina chamber board chairman Eric Shaffer said.

“As we look to expand our chamber’s voice and relevancy through business advocacy, economic development and member services, Heather’s focus on serving members and community partners in a way that best positions us for success will be at the core of what she does. We look forward to adding Heather to our executive committee and her leading our chamber organization,” he said.

Taylor succeeds Debra Lynn- Schmitz, who departed in late February after 25 years with the chamber, to take a position in Siesta Key, Fla.

“Debra laid a strong and durable foundation so it is vital we bring in someone to continue and build upon that legacy. Heather will help us stay connected to our member businesses and she will help us grow and adapt with the times,” hiring committee chairman Matt Marquard said.

Taylor will lead the team of Jaclyn Ringstmeier, Jennifer Gray and Becky Parkhurst in supporting business throughout the greater Medina area.

“I am looking forward to working with the team and the board to advocate for and engage with businesses and partners throughout the region.” Taylor said.

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