PIQUA — Kathy Sherman, a former president of the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce, will be returning to the role this month, and she is excited to be taking the reins once again.
When asked how she felt about being named the next president of the chamber, Sherman said she was “thrilled … beyond words.”
Sherman was previously the president for three and half years before leaving in November 2014. Sherman, who currently works at Unity National Bank as a mortgage originator and officer administrator, will be taking over for the current president, R. Scott Miller, who is retiring this month.
Miller announced his plans to retire to the chamber’s board and executive committee in March. Miller is not leaving the position for another job elsewhere, but rather he has decided to spend more time with his family.
“Everything in life happens for a reason and sometimes we are faced with making decisions based upon lessons learned from life-changing events,” Miller said in March. “This past year, I have been affected by several incidents that compelled me to think about life.”
Miller added that, “after much thought and reflection,” he decided to retire and resign as president of the chamber.
Sherman is excited to be the president again, and her goal starting out is to focus on membership and increasing membership at the chamber.
“I love being with our members,” Sherman said. Sherman added that she loves being a part of “giving the chamber members benefits that will help to grow their businesses, help recruit for new employees, and just overall make the community as strong as possible.”
In addition to boosting the membership, Sherman hopes to grow their major events and “being a part of a continuation of the community.”
Sherman was born and raised in Piqua, and continues to reside in the community.
Prior to working at Unity National Bank and the chamber, Sherman worked at an airline until 9/11, after which she said she decided “I wanted to come back to where I grew up.”
As a lifetime Piqua community member, she also enjoys making connections for different people in the community. Sherman said she is strongest “when I can get out and promote what Piqua has to offer.”
Sherman’s first day back at the chamber will be June 18.
“I cannot express how excited I am about getting back there,” Sherman said.
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