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Roger E. Breisch

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Executive Director

Phone: (630) ***-****  HQ Phone
Batavia Chamber of Commerce
106 West Wilson Street
Batavia , Illinois 60510
United States

Company Description: Welcome, and thank you for visiting the Batavia Chamber of Commerce website. The Chamber strives to be a dynamic resource for visitors and residents, and an active...   more

Employment History

  • Chairman
    The Batavia Fireworks Committee
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Roger Breisch's last day as ..., 4 Feb 2014 [cached]
Roger Breisch's last day as executive director of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce is Friday. Breisch 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, Breisch said, as he was sitting in the chamber office in downtown Batavia. Breisch, 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.
Breisch 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 said.
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 urged Breisch to start a womens group in Batavia because the St. Charles womens group was a success. Breisch 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.
Breisch 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.
Breisch 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 said.
Roger 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 achievements, Breisch said that despite chamber membership growing over the years, it did not grow to his expectations. When he 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 said he 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 columns.
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. He considers Deitchman a friend and said she will do well because she knows practically everybody in Batavia. Indeed, he 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 said.
Roger Breisch reads to the ..., 27 Dec 2013 [cached]
Roger Breisch reads to the audience at Water Street Studios in Batavia in September. Breisch, the executive director of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, announced Thursday that he is leaving the organization.
BATAVIA After almost 10 years of heading the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, Roger Breisch said he is ready for a new direction in his life.
Breisch on Thursday announced his resignation as executive director. His resignation is effective Jan. 31, the same day the Batavia Chamber of Commerce will present its annual Batavia Citizen of the Year award and Ole business awards.
Breisch has been with the chamber since July 2004.
"It's just time," he said. "For a whole lot of reasons. Chambers constantly need to be reinvented, and I'm not sure I'm the right guy for that. So I'm giving the board the opportunity to cast the net, and see who is out there that might have a new vision."
Breisch said chambers of commerce need to constantly ask the question, "what does it mean to be the voice of business?"
"I think we've reinvented the chamber here over the last 10 years," Breisch said. "It's a very different organization now than it was 10 years ago. But you can't stop reinventing yourself."
Breisch said he is proud of the fact that membership in the chamber has increased in his tenure.
"Owners of very large businesses and owners in general now regularly participate in the chamber," Breisch said. "And from the industrial park, we have very senior business leaders now who give credence and credibility to the Batavia Chamber of Commerce. It is an organization that does have a strong voice in the community."
The chamber currently has about 300 members, he said. Breisch has been getting involved in Batavia ever since he moved to the city in 1989. His other activities have included being the chairman of the Batavia Fireworks Committee for 17 years.
He has helped us see wider horizons."BATAVIA Roger Breisch is leaving the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, the organization's longtime executive director announced Thursday in a letter received by media via email.
In the email, Breisch wrote his resignation will be effective Jan. 31, and that his tenure at the chamber will be "a few months shy of 10 years."
"It has been a marvelous journey," Breisch wrote. "The directors with whom I have had the pleasure to work have been supportive, creative, dedicated and passionate. The chamber is in excellent hands. I am grateful for the many opportunities I have had to mold the chamber and influence the larger community in which it resides."
Breisch wrote that by waiting until the end of January, he can ensure that the chamber's new website and Citizen of the Year event, "Inspire 2014," will have been completed.
Breisch wrote that "it is clear for that, for me, the journey of my life is in a new direction."
"I believe the art of all arts is the way we move through this thing we call life. This juncture is just one more brush stroke one more note," Breisch wrote.
Batavia Chamber Board Members, 7 Oct 2012 [cached]
Executive Director, Roger Breisch
Friday also was the last day ..., 31 Jan 2014 [cached]
Friday also was the last day for Roger Breisch, executive director of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce. He has headed the organization for almost 10 years.
Roger has been somebody who has taken the Batavia Chamber to a new plateau, Schielke said.
For information about the event or ..., 21 Jan 2014 [cached]
For information about the event or the awards, call Roger Breisch, executive director of Batavia Chamber of Commerce, or his assistant, Lynn at 630-879-7134.
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