Shelly Bauders is a "perfect fit" for the Reynoldsburg Area Chamber of Commerce as far as president Jan Hills is concerned.

Shelly Bauders is a "perfect fit" for the Reynoldsburg Area Chamber of Commerce as far as president Jan Hills is concerned.

Bauders was hired as the chamber's new executive assistant May 4, succeeding Doreen Few, who left in April to take another job.

Hills said one of the reasons she hired Bauders was because of her personality and sense of humor.

"First of all, I loved her personality and sense of humor, and she's worked on public relations information and putting together events, so it was a perfect fit," Hills said. "She has helped plan events, that's what we do, she's had to work with all sorts of people and that's what we do. She's very good.

"I'll always miss Doreen and will never forget her, but Shelly is a take-charge individual and she looks around and sees something that needs to be done and does it."

Born and raised in Santa Monica, Calif., Bauders, 48, said she has worked in the restaurant business since the age of 12.

"My first job was working at Taco Quickie on Venice Boulevard," she said.

After graduating from Mendocino High School in 1977, she attended Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hills, Calif., studying hotel and restaurant management.

For the next several years after leaving Diablo, Bauders worked for such companies as Christian Brothers Winery, the Harbor House Inn and at the Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites.

Her father, Roger, had owned a glass company and bought and sold real estate for a living.

"He was very hardworking and made all five of us kids work. We all had to have a job -- that's when I had my first job at 12," Bauders said.

She moved to Columbus in 1985 with her ex-husband. She has since remarried and she and her husband, Denny, moved to Baltimore, Ohio.

Bauders said she decided to stay in Ohio because she likes it better than California.

"The people are more down-to-earth and friendly and it's more family and a good place to raise children," Bauders said.

Her job as executive assistant with the Reynoldsburg chamber is a part-time one, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bauders said she expects to enjoy it and hopes to get out and meet people in the community.

"I've been in business myself and to help people promote their businesses is an exciting thing to do," Bauders said.

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