Chamber Board of Directors (l-r) front row: Jenny Walden, Tzena Tucker, Matt Cekander, Joe Forbes, Dan Patton, Joan Thies, Diane Rieck, Norma Lansing
(l-r) back row: Jeff Fritchtnitch, Alex Hagler, Ed Deters, Cory Niebrugge, Kevin Dust, Rich Hartke
The Effingham County Chamber of Commerce has seated new directors and elected new officers.
Elected to serve on the Board for three years are Jeff Speer, Broker/Owner, RE/MAX Key Advantage; Dr. Josh Bullock, President, Lake Land College; Cory Niebrugge, Contractor Sales & Design Specialist, Niebrugge Lumber Company; Kevin Dust, Sales Manager, Dust and Son and Matt Cekander, Partner, Doehring, Winders & Co.
Retiring Chairman of the Board Joe Forbes, Co-Owner, Versatech, LLC, welcomed Jeff Fritchtnitch, Superintendent, Altamont Community Unit #10 Schools, as incoming 2016 Chairman. Joining Fritchtnitch on the Executive Committee are Vice President Community Development Dan Patton, Owner, Patton Printing & Graphics; Vice President Business Development Tzena Tucker, Effingham Community President, First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust; Vice President Membership Development Diane Rieck, Franchise Owner, Express Employment Professionals; Vice President Workforce Development Alex Hagler, Director of Manufacturing, Hitachi Metals Automotive Components; Chair-Elect Mel Stock, Market President, Midland States Bank; Board Secretary Jenny Walden, Sales Manager, Consolidated Communications and Treasurer Matt Cekander, Partner, Doehring, Winders & Co.
Other Board Directors currently serving are Ed Deters, Partner, McDevitt, Osteen, Chojnicki & Deters, LLC; Marv Phillips, Marketing Manager, Cromwell Radio Group; Joan Thies, Human Resource Manager, Stevens Industries Inc.; and Kelly Roepke, President, Y Yard Auto and Truck, Inc.
Honored for service on the Chamber Board were retiring directors Lisa Kingery, Payroll Processor, Heartland Dental; Kris Zerrusen, Energy Management Specialist, South Central FS; Kary Jansen, Owner, Jansen’s Auto Sales; Dr. Ryan Jennings, Chief Medical Officer, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital; Dean Kremer, Chief Financial Officer, Koerner Distributor, Inc and Mark Probst, Owner, Probst Auto Body. Forbes will remain on the Board as Immediate Past Chairman.