Board members at the Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Chamber of Commerce elected new officers to two-year appointments at a meeting Tuesday.
Robin L. Quillon, publisher of The Tribune-Democrat, was named chairman and said he plans to continue efforts to grow chamber membership through a refocused membership drive, referrals and reaching out to those in the business community.
“We are going to boost that process,” he said. “I’m very optimistic, and I think our best days are ahead of us. This is a powerful organization, if we step up and wield what we have to offer.”
Also elected were Vice Chairman Patrick Bearjar of Wessel & Co. and Secretary/Treasurer John Polacek of JWF Defense.
Past Chairman Steve Tucker of Conemaugh Health System introduced Quillon as new chairman and said he believes the chamber will continue to make progress in its goals under Quillon’s leadership.
The group also welcomed seven new members to the board for four-year terms, including three who had never participated as board members: Shawn Brooks from Pitt-Johnstown, attorney Timothy S. Burns and Lorraine Donahue of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.
Chamber President Bob Layo said changes are positive and can help provide momentum.
“It is important to have a good cross-section of businesses involved, because they make decisions that affect the whole business community,” Layo said.