Libby Gierach, president and CEO of the Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce, recently was named Professional of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Ohio.
It is the highest honor the organization bestows.
Gierach was recognized at the organization's annual meeting Feb. 27 in Worthington.
Gierach said she was not aware she had been nominated or selected, but the presence of her family, including her daughter, who lives in Phoenix, tipped her off at the start of the conference.
"It is very humbling. ... I'm also proud (the) Hilliard (chamber) was recognized for its value," Gierach said. "This award is a positive reflection of our entire Hilliard community."
Gierach has been president and CEO of the Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce for 14 years. She served eight years as the assistant executive director.
-- Kevin Corvo