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Henry set to retire as Indiana County Chamber president at end of March

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Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
 

One of the Indiana County business community's most ardent supporters is stepping out of the spotlight.

Indiana County Chamber of Commerce President Dana Henry announced Wednesday he will be retiring from his position, effective March 31. Henry, 66, has served as the Chamber's president since 1995.

Citing the Chamber's 100th anniversary celebration in December at its annual membership luncheon and a successful Indiana County Chamber of Commerce Expo at the Indiana Mall last month, Henry said the time was right to announce his retirement.

“Since joining the Chamber, Dana has worked tirelessly to champion issues that are vital to job growth and business development in Indiana County,” Chamber board chairman Bob Kane said. “He has also helped to increase Chamber participation, which currently exceeds 700 members. The foremost goal of Dana's dedication was to make Indiana County a better place to work and live. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Dana, as well as our best wishes to him and his family.”

Henry will assist the Chamber's executive search committee as it considers his replacement.

“Finding the right person to succeed Mr. Henry is vitally important to the Chamber and the Indiana business community it serves,” said Kane. “Accordingly, we have assembled an executive search committee led by Beth Gregg, Chamber first vice chair. The committee will be comprised of seven community leaders who will each bring unique expertise to the selection process of hiring a new Chamber president.”

After working for The Roadster Factory and Fisher Scientific, Henry took on the Chamber's top executive post as the county was working through the decline of the coal industry.

“We needed jobs and we needed job training,” said Henry.

In response, the Chamber championed county and regional training programs to help miners transition into other county industries.

Henry also made transportation improvements a priority, pushing for the Jimmy Stewart Airport expansion project and enhanced access to the county's growth areas.

Greg Reinbold is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-459-6100, ext. 2913 or greinbold@tribweb.com.

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