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Chamber president beefs up tech efforts

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Thanks to Gene Oliver, the Dublin Chamber of Commerce is taking a more tech-savvy approach to the future.

The new Dublin Chamber of Commerce president is the vice president of global systems and information technology at OCLC, and he is lending his expertise to the volunteer chamber position.

"I focused on technology issues, helping them develop a website and get tools to better manage aspects of chamber business," Oliver said of his work last year as president-elect.

A five-year chamber member, Oliver was drawn to volunteering for chamber leadership after exposure to chamber events and going through Leadership Dublin about 10 years ago.

"I wanted to do something to give back," he said, adding that he is a Dublin High School graduate. "The chamber is a great group of people."

Oliver's technical expertise is helping the chamber with a five-year strategic plan developed a few years ago.

According to Oliver, member coupons, an improved website and an online job board have been added in that vein.

The new Women in Business Luncheons have also been added to meet the strategic plan, he said.

"We've discussed a possible tech series for small businesses on how they can more efficiently use cloud-based storage," Oliver said.

The chamber has already benefited from technology improvements.

"He's a very effective and quiet leader in the organization," chamber chief operating officer Jennifer Jakse said of Oliver's work. "He leads the board of directors very well and has helped us a lot. He implemented a lot of the new technology we have. Now we have every project in the cloud for staff to share and see."

But Oliver isn't viewing his job as chamber president as all work.

He's looking forward to the Sept. 17 Taste of Dublin at the Conference Center at OCLC.

"OCLC is very proud to be involved with that," he said.

Along with Taste of Dublin, the annual Economic Forecast Breakfast and Community Champion Awards are Oliver's favorite chamber events.

"It's remarkable to read the bios and see what contributions to the community these kids are making at such a young age," he said of the awards. "It's extremely rewarding."

Oliver, a 30-year OCLC employee, lives in Powell with his wife, Sonya, and daughters, Sarah and Anna.

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