SYRACUSE — After three successful years as executive director of the Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce, Andrea Keller has submitted her resignation to the chamber board, stating her last day will be Friday, May 10.
For personal reasons that include focusing on family and pursuing creative outlets in photography, Keller has expressed appreciation and gratitude for the opportunities and relationships she’s experienced and formed during her time in a position she thoroughly enjoyed.
“They will continue doing good things. We have great partnerships in Syracuse and have had terrific municipal, tourism and economic development,” commented Keller. “Now the chamber is looking to add more amenities to attract visitors and future residents while also focusing on housing and childcare.
“I’m excited to see what they’ll be able to accomplish and will continue advocating for the Syracuse-Wawasee community.”
Keller is working to make a seamless transition by putting together an informational binder to assist board members and the next director.
Since she took over in 2016, Keller has contributed to accomplishments at the chamber of commerce through her partnerships, including:
• Elevating the status of the organization and improving on business advocacy
• Shifting and prioritizing focus on specific branches to be more effective
• Doing a complete website reboot to better serve and inform the community
• Leading the chamber board through the first strategic place, which has been called “impressive” by a variety of people
• Grew a large following audience on social media platforms
• Reinitiated the ambassadors group to continue keeping businesses involved and represented
• Overall transformed the chamber into being more financially self-sustaining and putting it in a much better financial position
Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce board of directors is currently accepting applicants for the part-time position of executive director. Those interested can contact Board President Dennis Pressler at [email protected]