The Washington Area Chamber of Commerce has two Board of Directors positions to fill for 2022.
The following four nominees were selected from a highly qualified field of candidates: Nicole Desmond, Logan Diebal, Don Grahl, and Scott Mentz.
Ballots were mailed to members on Friday, November 12 and are due back to the Chamber Office by December 1.
Nicole Desmond is employed at Deppe Farms, a family-owned business established right here in Washington in 1950. She is a graduate of Washington High School earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Economics from the University of Missouri before returning to the family farm.
Nicole enjoys being involved in the community and volunteering her time. She served 9 years on the Washington Town and Country fair board and still continues to volunteer her time there whenever needed. She coached basketball for 12 years, served 5 years on the Athletic Board, and volunteered on the Auction Committee at St. Gertrude School. Currently, Nicole is serving on the board for the FFA Foundation which helps all our surrounding High School FFA chapters. She has joined the Washington High Athletic Association auction committee and is in her 2nd year as an assistant coach for the WHS girls varsity basketball team.
Nicole is married to JJ Desmond. They reside on the family farm with their 5 kids. Nicole enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her hobbies include gardening, spending time outdoors, and cycling.
Logan Diebal owns and manages First Choice Facilities, one of the largest national snow and ice management companies in the nation, with over seven branches across the country. He is especially proud of creating a company that offers some of the best benefits, culture, and facilities to its employees in our area. First Choice Facilities is headquartered in Washington and has made contributions to many local charities and initiatives.
Logan has always enjoyed leadership and problem solving and believes his strategic business sense would be an asset to the Chamber Board. He wants to be involved in the community to ensure the town offers things that will keep younger generations here permanently.
Logan and his wife, Emily, currently live in Gerald. In his free time, Logan enjoys traveling and trying new foods. He loves outdoor hobbies, like skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, and hiking. His favorite local spot is the Riverfront Trail.
Don Grahl moved to Washington nearly 20 years ago and considers it, without a doubt, the best decision he and his wife, Donna, ever made. The move here has served their family exceptionally well, both personally and professionally. Donna works at St. Francis Borgia High School, and together they own and operate The Creek Grill and Sports Bar, which just celebrated its 12th anniversary serving this community. Don and Donna have three adult children, including two that reside in town and work in the area. Don has one granddaughter and another on the way.
Don would consider it an honor to serve on the Washington Area Chamber Board of Directors. It would allow him to give back to this great city a fraction of what he feels it has given him and his family.
Scott Mentz owns and operates Mentz Foundations, Inc., a small business specializing in concrete constructions. He has been a leader in that field for over 35 years. Scott is a hardworking, detail-oriented individual with strong managerial and organization skills.
Scott is currently a Director at Heritage Community Bank. He previously served nine years on the Washington Town & Country Fair Board and was President of the Franklin County Construction Industrial Council for three years.
Scott and his wife, Lisa, have two adult daughters, Stephanie and Taylor. He loves spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and enjoys coaching youth sports, playing golf, farming, and traveling.
The Quality Coach® is pleased to launch a new professional networking group called the HR Leadership Forum (HRLF).
Pre-COVID, we hosted our 5P (Positive People Practices, Plus Pie) networking events. These popular sessions provided a great opportunity to network, learn from each other, and hear from HR experts. We expect HRLF to be a next-level event drawing from a larger geographic area, attracting more special guests, and just what you need when you need it.
ECC staff from the Center for Workforce Development will host our first event and serve as our guest speaker sharing some amazing funding opportunities for which your organization may qualify. Local manufacturing, healthcare, and nonprofit organizations along with small businesses, have recently benefited from these new funding sources for potential, new, and, incumbent workers. These programs are more flexible than ever. Come learn if your company is eligible for these training dollars!
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Complimentary lunch at 11:30.
All are welcome, registration is required.
First things first - Thank you to the 500+ businesses and organizations that choose Chamber membership as an investment in their business and in our community! We're proud of the work our Chamber does to strengthen businesses and promote growth in the greater Washington area, and we're grateful for the members that support us as we work to fulfill our mission.
For local businesses and organizations that aren't yet members, we'd like to take the opportunity to tell you more about our Chamber, and the benefits of membership. If you have questions, please feel free to contact our office at (636) 239-2715 or e-mail us!
Our Mission in Action
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We want to make sure our members are getting the most out of their membership, and feel comfortable giving suggestions for improvements. Our staff is implementing a plan to assign each member to a staffer who will try to reach out a few times a year with a personal contact. Of course, we always welcome you to visit our office, and we look forward to visiting at your place as well. With over 500 members, we want to do a better job of making sure no ne is getting lost in the shuffle!
Another way we are hoping to give more attention to our members is by recognizing membership milestones at some of our events! Beginning in 2020, we will implement the following schedule:
Business Breakfast Meeting (January)
New Members from Previous Year
25, 30, and 40-Year Anniversaries
Chairman's Circle (Members 50 years or more!)
Summer Mixer (June)
10 and 20-Year Anniversaries
One other new perk that we have started is a drawing at each event for two tickets to the following event. Each member business that has a representative at the event is entered into a drawing (one entry per member - you don't get extras for sending lots of people, although we always love that!). We'll choose a winner and announce it before the event is over. It's just another way we want to show our appreciation for the members that continue to support our Chamber and community. **Congrats to Bank of Washington, who won the drawing at the 2019 Summer Mixer - they get two free tickets to the Member Luncheon (Monday, October 7)!
As always, you also have opportunities to promote your business by updating your online member listing and submitting content for the blog (we always need more Member Features and Ask The Expert Columns), or sponsoring events. Plus, keep an eye out for advertising options in some upcoming publications as well!
Our Directory has a number of categories to help, so please take a few moments to review yours!
CHAMBER DIRECTORY CATEGORIES (See a printable list HERE)
Advertising & Media
Signs & Banners
Arts, Culture & Entertainment
Business & Professional Services
Chambers of Commerce
Computers & Telecommunications
Construction & Contractors
Painting & Drywall
Windows & Doors
Tutoring /Test Prep
Meeting Room Rental
Family, Community & Civic Organizations
Finance & Insurance
Banks & Credit Unions
Financial & Investment Services
Elected Officials / Candidates
Hospitals, Clinics, Physicians
Home & Garden
Carpet & Interiors
Heating & Cooling
Pool & Spa
Industrial Supplies & Services
Lodging & Travel
Bed & Breakfast
Manufacturing & Production
Personal Services & Care
Child Birth Services
Funeral & Cremation Services
Pets & Veterinary
Real Estate, Moving & Storage
Property Leasing & Management
Real Estate Development
Restaurants, Food & Beverages
Shopping & Specialty Retail
Gifts & Specialty Items
Office Furniture & Supplies
Sports & Recreation
Motorcycles & ATVs
Rental Cars/Taxi Service
LP and Natural Gas
Septic System Install/Repair/Pumping
Welding & Machinery
Welding & Machinery
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