last day as executive director of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce
has held the position for nearly a decade.
The chamber website is undergoing its second relaunch in eight years (the first was in 2006) to allow for better integration with Facebook
, Twitter and LinkedIn
said, as he
was sitting in the chamber office in downtown Batavia.
, 62, said social media is something that will play a bigger role for the chamber and local businesses, and he
is ready to have someone else lead the way for that and other initiatives.
has decided to leave the chamber after nearly a decade as executive director.
As we brought value to the community, people just naturally showed up and said, Thats what I would like to be a part of, Breisch
One of the ways Breisch made the chamber an enticing brand was to help start the Batavia Women in Business group.
The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce
to start a womens group in Batavia because the St. Charles womens group was a success.
reached out to businesswoman Jeanne Harms about forming the group, and eventually Batavia Women in Business held its first lunch event in February 2005.
Roger has added credibility to the chamber, said Harms, owner of Batavia-based Organize Inc., and a past Batavia Chamber president.
worked hard to bring businesses from Batavias eastside industrial park to the chamber, Harms said.
Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke said the same for Breisch in December, saying Breisch has been a driving force on the whole idea of downtown redevelopment and strengthening the citys industrial base.
showed the city a different perspective through his
philosophical front-page columns in the Batavia Chamber newsletter.
The larger questions of Why we do what we do? and What is the meaning of business? perplexed some but were praised by others, Breisch
has a business background, but he
brought a much bigger picture of the world to the chamber of commerce than simply a business focus, and I liked that.
Even with his
said that despite chamber membership growing over the years, it did not grow to his
started in 2004, there were 200 members, and as of January 2014 there were about 280.
With a pre-recession peak of 350 members in 2007, Breisch
wished there were currently 400 members or more.
Breisch suspects there might be a disconnect between himself and some business owners because of his
philosophical take, but he
doesnt get to hear about it much.
Life is short if you have something to say, say it, Breisch
said of his
As Breisch looks to do more writing and decides his
next move, he
is confident that Deitchman will lead the chamber in the right direction.
considers Deitchman a friend and said she
will do well because she
knows practically everybody in Batavia.
said it is those very residents that will make saying goodbye hard for him.
I think Ill miss the people in the chamber, the members, more than anything else, Breisch