After 11 years of service, Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Services President and CEO John Detwiler has announced his retirement from the position.
Born and raised in Tiffin, Detwiler left the community in his late teens and worked in sales and marketing.
In 2009, he and his wife, Linda, returned to the community where he took the job of president and CEO of the Tiffin Area Chamber of Commerce.
Since joining the organization, Detwiler has been instrumental in the revitalization of Tiffin, including being involved with Tiffin Tomorrow, a citizen-led group with the goal of promoting and encouraging economic development in downtown Tiffin, and helping to unveil the Downtown Strategic Survey in 2010.
Detwiler also championed and implemented successful events for the Chamber, especially the Seneca County Farmers Market in Downtown Tiffin starting in 2010, that he and Linda have been organizing and working for two Saturdays a month for much of the year. Starting this year, the farmers markets are to be organized through a new group.
Under his leadership, Detwiler brought the county’s visitor services under the direction of the Chamber, renaming the organization the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Services and creating a separate organization in Destination Seneca County (DSC) under the umbrella of the Chamber.
Since DSC’s inception in 2012, the number of visitors to the community has greatly increased, with visitors now patronizing our local hotels, restaurants, shopping, and attractions.
During the past 11 years, successful fundraising has given the Chamber more resources to promote local businesses, added an award to honor local educational leaders, and not only supported Tiffin, but all of Seneca County.
Chamber Board Chair Peter Holbrook said he will miss Detwiler’s leadership, but the Chamber is well-positioned for the next chapter.
“Building off of what John has accomplished, we are in the perfect time to transition,” Holbrook said. “We have a stable foundation to build onto moving forward.”
The search for his successor will be announced next month.