Search begins for new Chamber director

Bill Blazer
Bill Blazer

(Posted Jan. 7, 2015)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The Madison County Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new executive director.

Bill Blazer, who held the position for 20 months, opted not to renew his contract, which expired Dec. 31. He left the position for personal reasons.

“I had a great 20 months. It was great to be able to see friends I’ve had all my life in London and to make new friends while executive director,” he said.

Blazer was first appointed as interim executive director in May 2013. Two months later, he was named executive director. During his tenure, the Chamber’s membership has increased and its finances are stronger. Blazer credits his fellow staff members for helping to make that happen.

“I worked with a very young team that has lots of energy. I don’t imagine they’ll miss a beat. They have lots of goals and objectives,” he said.

Nicole Delsanter, assistant director, now serves as interim executive director. She has been with the Chamber for two years. David Kell directs the Chamber’s economic development arm, Madison County Future Inc. Community Improvement Corp.

Blazer also praised the Chamber board of directors and executive committee.

“We’ve come up with an environment where we can work well with the city, villages, townships and the county. It’s been a great team to work with. I’ll miss them all,” he said.

Kathy Henry, newly elected president of the board of directors, said Blazer was the primary driver behind diversification of the board and building a foundation for collaboration across the county.

“We have a really good mix of large and small businesses represented and from all areas of the county—West Jefferson, Mount Sterling, London,” she said. “It’s a group of people who can collectively move the county forward. I’ve been on the Chamber for 16 years. I think we’re in the best shape yet. I’m looking forward to this year.”

With Delsanter and Kell in place and versed in the Chamber’s operations, Henry said the board can take its time in replacing Blazer. The executive committee will meet later this month to review the process for advertising the position and making a selection.

“Bill has been wonderful for our county, our com-munity. He got us going in the right direction for years to come. He will be missed, but he’ll still be there for us,” Henry said.

“I look forward to being at the Chamber’s events and volunteering some time back to the organization,” said Blazer, who continues to live in London. He also maintains his position as a member of the London Board of Public Utilities.

Prior to joining the Chamber staff, Blazer served as athletic director at Ohio Dominican University, as athletic director and associate professor of business and economics at Urbana University, and as president and CEO of Blazer Pontiac-Buick-GMC Truck in London.

Blazer graduated from London High School in 1972, then went on to earn a business administration degree at Bowling Green State University and a masters in business education at Wright State University.

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