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Bill Konyha, president and CEO of the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana, announced May 20 that the chamber’s board of directors, acting upon his recommendation, directed him to cancel the annual meeting of its members due to medical uncertainty regarding safety and the COVID-19 virus.

“Up to 250 members and guests were expected to attend, and the board of directors believe that the prudent action is to cancel the meeting” Konyha said.

The annual meeting was originally scheduled for May 18 at the International Ballroom at Purdue University Fort Wayne. It was moved to the Mirro Center at the Parkview Regional complex after Purdue’s decision to cancel all activities on the campus until September. The event was rescheduled for June 25 at the Mirro Center, assuming that medical guidance at the time would support a gathering of this size.

Seven members of the 2020 board of directors class were proposed in a slate nominated by the board to be ratified by the members at the meeting. According to Konyha, six of the seven nominated are incumbents, and the seventh will be new to the board. The corporation’s by-laws state that the incumbent directors will remain as directors until the next election.

Therefore, the following will continue to serve on the board:

• Scott Glaze, chairman and CEO of Fort Wayne Metals

• Ben Miles, president of Parkview Regional Medical Center

• Arlan Friesen, president of Ambassador Enterprises

• David Murphy, vice president of Lutheran Health Care

• John Sampson, president and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

• Jerrilee Mosier, chancellor of Ivy Tech will continue to serve until the next election.

In addition, Michael Vanover, president and CEO of Clean Fuels National headquartered in Keystone, has been appointed by the board to serve as an interim director. The board will propose him to complete the July 2020-June 2023 term at the next annual meeting.

The chamber represents private-sector business in the 11 counties of Northeast Indiana.

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