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Latrobe Area Chamber of Commerce chief Stofan to retire in August

| Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 8:27 p.m.
Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review
Latrobe Area Chamber of Commerce President Andy Stofan. Portrait taken in Latrobe on March 7, 2013.

The face of the Latrobe Area Chamber of Commerce for the past 24 years is retiring, but not for several more months.

Andrew “Andy” Stofan, president of the chamber since 1989, said he told the executive committee of the chamber's board of directors in January that he plans to retire at the end of August.

Stofan, who will mark his 64th birthday in August, said he told the full board last month of his intention to leave the business organization's top post.

“My mode is to continue doing what we are doing until the time comes” to retire, he said.

During a strategic planning session at the chamber last year, Stofan said he had been asked about his intentions for continuing in his job. He said he had intended to give the chamber a six-month notice of his departure.

“He's been such a great leader for the chamber of commerce. He will be sorely missed,” said Maryann White, the chamber's treasurer and a member of its executive committee.

White, a partner in the Latrobe accounting firm of Kelly, Sparber, White & Associates, said the chamber's executive committee “is in the process of reviewing our options to determine the best course of action” in replacing Stofan.

Stofan was named as president of the Latrobe Area Chamber of Commerce in December 1988, but he did not assume the post until February 1989.

He succeeded Phil Dymond of Latrobe, who was president for 11 years before resigning in November 1988 to become president of the Eastern Westmoreland Development Corp., a nonprofit organization that sought industry for the region.

Stofan, a 1972 graduate of Penn State University, previously served for 10 years as executive director of both the New Kensington and Uniontown area chambers of commerce before assuming the role of executive director of the Butler County chamber in 1984.

Since October 1999, he also has been the voice of the chamber, hosting a monthly radio show, “Good Morning, Latrobe Area,” on WCNS in Latrobe.

Stofan recalled that the radio show started as quarterly broadcasts conducted live on the radio from a breakfast meeting at the former Mountain View Inn along Route 30. There were live broadcasts at the Westmoreland County Air Show, as well as a celebration of Latrobe's being the birthplace of the banana split, he recalled.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-5252 or jnapsha@tribweb.com.

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