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Wellsburg chamber has a new face

July 16, 2011
By WARREN SCOTT - Staff writer , The Herald-Star

WELLSBURG - The Wellsburg Chamber of Commerce has a new representative helping area businesses to promote their goods and services to the Wellsburg community.

With the departure of Barbara Finley, the chamber's executive director since 2009, Sherry Rocchio will be taking over efforts to promote the city and its businesses in the new title of chamber coordinator.

Chamber President Richard Krisak asid while the title has changed, the duties are basically the same. Rocchio will be involved with recruiting new members, helping to promote existing ones and organizing fundraisers for the chamber.

An adjunct business and math professor at West Virgnia Northern Community College, Rocchio holds a bachelor's degree in business management from West Liberty University and a master's degree in business administration from the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

The 1992 graduate of Buckeye Local High School came to Brooke County after marrying her husband, Alfred "Butch" Rocchio, a 1982 graduate of Brooke High School.

"I've been here 10 years and it's grown on me. I love it," she said.

The pair, who live in Colliers, have three children, ages 5, 6 and 13.

Rocchio said the part-time position was a good fit with her family life and educational experience.

She said she hopes to recruit many new members and will be discussing other goals with the executive board of the chamber, which will mark its 60th anniversary next year.

Rocchio said the board and other chamber members have welcomed her to the new position and to the city.

"The reception has been wonderful," she said, adding, "Barb has been helping to ease the transition. I've got big shoes to fill."

In her short tenure, Finley launched a new Christmas event, the Festival of Trees, which involved a silent auction for Christmas trees of various themes and assorted decorations in a festive setting with live music; a comedy night featuring local comedians that debuted this spring; and a weekly e-newsletter used to report local events and specials offered by chamber members.

"We've gotten a lot of positive comment on that," Krisak said of the e-newsletter, which is e-mailed to more than 100 chamber members.

He said of Finley, "She did an outstanding job for the chamber. We were sorry to see her go."

Finley, who will continue to work also in Krisak's accounting office, said she enjoyed the job but felt she couldn't give it the time it deserved.

Krisak said like Finley, Rocchio had the right personality for the job.

"She's very outgoing and likeable," he said.

Krisak said Rocchio also will be based at his office, working about three days a week, and can be reached at (304) 479-2115.

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