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Our View: Change underway at Batavia chamber

Published: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Batavia Chamber of Commerce is undergoing exciting change.

Longtime executive director Roger Breisch worked his last day as leader of the chamber Friday, the same day that the organization hosted its annual celebration and awards event, which had the theme “Inspire 2014.”

Holly Deitchman, station manager at Batavia Access Television – or BATV – will become the new executive director of the Batavia Chamber. Her first day in the position will be Feb. 10.

New leadership often invigorates an organization. But change also can prompt reflection.

Breisch worked as executive director of the chamber for nearly 10 years and accomplished much during that time.

He increased membership in the chamber to 280 from 200 while working as director of the organization, and he helped start the Batavia Women in Business group. In addition, he worked to strengthen ties between the chamber and city government.

Breisch brought sophistication to the chamber as well. And he steered the organization through some difficult times, including through the worst parts of the Great Recession and through significant road construction projects that affected businesses in downtown Batavia.

Celebrating those successes is important, as is preparing for the future.

Deitchman is a well-known figure in Batavia and has served as station manager of BATV since July 2008.

Her skills in accounting, technology, public speaking and demographics will aid her in the role of executive director for the chamber, as will her enthusiasm for the job.

Breisch has said he is confident that Deitchman will guide the chamber in the right direction.

And Deitchman seems ready for the challenge.

“I see great things coming to the Batavia Chamber of Commerce in the short term and long term,” Deitchman said after being named executive director. “I look forward to meeting with local businesses to see what we can do make their experience in Batavia even better.”

Determining the needs of chamber members in today’s world and providing related resources and tools will be an important part of the executive director’s job.

And harnessing new technologies likely will be a significant part of that undertaking.

Here’s to an inspiring 2014 at the Batavia Chamber of Commerce.

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