STEUBENVILLE - Rich DeLuca has been selected as the new president of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.
The Wintersville resident will assume his new duties Jan. 1, according to John Cucarese, chairman of the chamber board of directors. DeLuca will replace Susan Hershey, who is retiring at the end of the year after serving as president for five years.
"I have known Rich for several years. I know him as a true worker who gets things done," Cucarese said this morning. "He's a very task-oriented person. I'm looking forward to his new energy and new ideas as we move forward."
CHRISTMAS WITH THE CHAMBER — A large number of member-investors of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce gathered Wednesday at Create-A-Room in Wintersville for the chamber’s annual Christmas open house. Chamber members enjoyed a buffet luncheon and the chance to network and celebrate the holiday season together. The event is sponsored by Create-A-Room and Riesbeck’s Food Markets. It marked the last major public chamber event for outgoing chamber president Susan Hershey, who is retiring later this month. - Paul Giannamore
A lifelong resident of Jefferson County, DeLuca brings more than 35 years of business and community-related experience to the job including positions with Valley Hospice, Preferred Health Network and Ohio Valley Medical Center.
He has served on many local boards including the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Jefferson County and the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School Board of Education. DeLuca holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Ohio University as well as an MBA from Wheeling Jesuit University
Cucarese said the chamber is looking forward to working with DeLuca and believes he can continue to build on the growth and development the chamber has experienced under Hershey's leadership.
"We are certainly appreciative of the work Sue has done during the last five years," Cucarese said.