Peoria Area Chamber Introduces New President
During a press conference on February 18, the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce introduced Jeff Griffin as Chamber President. Griffin assumed responsibilities beginning on February 10.
Griffin was selected through a national search process after the Board engaged Waverly Partners, LLC as its executive search firm. Griffin served as President of the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce from 2008 through 2012.
Brent Eichelberger, Peoria Area Chamber Board Chairman, explained that in Wooster, Griffin led efforts to grow the Chamber of Commerce. “He was an advocate for business-related issues, retained jobs, developed the workforce, and worked to improve the business climate and quality of life in Northeast Ohio.”
While serving as President, Griffin graduated from the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management in 2012. Griffin also served on the Boards of the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Ohio and the Wayne Economic Development Council & Main Street Wooster; he also served on the City of Wooster’s Finance, Public Utilities and Public Properties Committees.
Griffin thanked Brent and the Board for the opportunity. He explained that it has been a very busy seven days on the job and that he has enjoyed meeting with business and community leaders. The Ohio-native was drawn to Peoria because he was impressed with the community, the vision of the Peoria Area Chamber, and the diversity of the economy. He was also attracted to the Chamber’s energetic staff, Board and volunteers.
He mentioned the Chamber’s strategic plan and the importance of the Chamber's four guiding principles (become the leading voice for business, inclusive and diverse, improve the quality of place, and a source for strong leadership development). When it is time to refine the Chamber’s current strategic plan, his ideas for inclusion consist of expansion of business and the education system.
When asked about regional economic development, Griffin stressed the importance of collaboration. He was drawn to the unique business model under the Greater Peoria Business Alliance, which fosters collaboration between the Peoria Area Chamber, the CEO Council, and the business community.