Pickerington Times-Sun

Mayle wraps up decade as chamber's president

Membership Director Jen Dear takes over daily operations temporarily with Mayle's Aug. 1 exit

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After 10 years at the helm, Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce President Helen Mayle said the time is right to step down and relinquish her duties.

Her departure became effective Friday, Aug. 1.

Mayle leaves after a period of sustained growth for the chamber in membership and programming.

"I've been here 10 years, and my goal was to leave sometime in August, so this was a good time for me and a good time for the chamber," Mayle said.

Mayle said she is happy with the direction the Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce is heading in terms of fulfilling its mission to promote businesses in Pickerington and Violet Township.

"Membership has grown, and PACC events are all member-focused. For example, (with the) Taste of Pickerington, Marketplace and Mount Carmel Health Fair, the focus is on promotion of local businesses. Each year, the vendor participation and attendance continues to grow," Mayle said.

Mayle said she has been committed to focusing on the needs of the chamber's more than 400 members by offering new benefits, monthly membership luncheons and networking opportunities.

"The chamber website has provided additional marketing opportunities for members and will continue to be on the cutting edge of technology," she said.

A past winner of the Athena Award, which recognizes women leaders who excel in the community, Mayle said one of her top accomplishments is bringing the award back to Pickerington.

"It's a very prestigious award and a partnership with OhioHealth has established the Athena workshop and enabled PACC to provide powerful speakers," she said.

She said she is equally proud of her involvement with PACC's LEADS program.

"This is a program that I encourage every businessperson to participate in -- your personal and professional growth after this program is life-altering," Mayle said.

Mayle also has been heavily involved in working with the city of Pickerington, Violet Township, Fairfield County and the 33 Development Alliance to bring business to the Pickerington area.

Armed with a background in marketing and fundraising, Mayle said she will pursue other opportunities.

PACC Membership Director Jen Dear will be in charge of the chamber's day-to-day operations until a replacement for Mayle is found.

Mayle said she is "devoted to" the Athena Award program and plans to stay involved with it.

"I would like to thank the Pickerington/Violet Township community for all of their support in my 10 years as chamber president," Mayle said.

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