Lippus named executive director

Cary Ashby • Dec 2, 2017 at 2:00 PM

The Huron County Chamber of Commerce board of directors has named Kelly Lippus as its new executive director.

“Kelly will hit the ground running with the chamber the first of January. The board is confident that Kelly’s leadership skills and enthusiasm will keep the chamber moving in a positive direction. There will be an official meet-and-greet the new director (event) planned for January,” said Lisa Reer, 2018 president of the board of directors.

Lippus, of Norwalk, will start Jan. 2.

She replaces Melissa James, who was the executive director for 16 years. James announced her resignation in October.

“The board would also like to thank Melissa James for all of her hard work, dedication and leadership she has provided the chamber. Please join us on Thursday, Dec. 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Huron County Chamber of Commerce to wish Melissa well at the annual Christmas party,” Reer said.

Lippus has worked at Gaymont Nursing Center for more than five years. For the past four years, she has been in charge of admission and marketing.

“I’m originally from Huron,” the 2003 Huron High School graduate said.

Sixteen people applied to be the executive director. Five applicants had second interviews with the executive committee of the board of directors.

As her first day of work approaches, Lippus plans to work with board members so there is a solid foundation.

Lippus was asked what appealed to her about the chamber of commerce.

“Mostly it’s about the relationships and building up the community,” she said.

Lippus said she wants to support “the already strong businesses” in the county, which she considers its “heart and soul,” and “help Huron County be the best it can be.”

She sees the skills she has used and learned at Gaymont as an asset in her new job. Lippus said she wants to use marketing and various strategies which can be applied to different business demographics.

When asked about her specific goals for the chamber of commerce, she said she wants to help businesses succeed and show that “being a member of the chamber is a benefit to businesses.”

Finally, Lippus said she wants to develop relationships with various agencies and non-profit organizations to “make sure everyone is working together.”

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