When I retired from the Department of State after 28 years of representing this great country, I came to Cincinnati anxious to find the right opportunity to serve this community and this region. Having been raised in Dayton, and as a graduate of Miami University, I am proud to call this area my home. So I’m grateful for this opportunity to serve you as the Executive Director of your EACC and to have the chance to continue to build up this great community.
Some of my most satisfying work with the State Department was being able to share with the world the vitality of the U.S. business community. And in this position, I will get to do that full time – helping U.S. based firms capitalize on new opportunities throughout Europe, and supporting European-based companies who recognize the value of doing business in our region. And there is a broader goal too – not just the dollars and cents, but also the importance of sharing ideas and increasing mutual respect and understanding.
I pay tribute to Anne Cappel, my predecessor, who built and ran this great organization for so many years, and to Doug Moormann who kept us on course until my arrival. And also my thanks in advance to Dayna and Joanna, who will have to endure my incessant questions for the next few weeks as I get up to speed.
Over the next few weeks I hope to meet as many of you as I can. I’m anxious to understand why you joined the EACC and how EACC membership serves your organization. Are there things we should be doing that we aren’t? Are there things we are doing that we should not? What can I do – what can we do, together – to ensure EACC membership continues to be a great value to you?
Feel free to reach out to me by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org
) or phone (513-762-3724) and give me your ideas and suggestions. This is your Chamber, so let me know how I can make it work better for you!