Jason C. Fink has been selected as the new President/CEO of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce according to Mike Gaetano, Chairman of the Board. “Mr. Fink has been a dedicated and outstanding professional on our staff at the Chamber for over twenty years and has certainly earned this appointment” according to Mr. Gaetano. Mr. Gaetano announced that the Chamber Board of Directors unanimously ratified the selection at their Board meeting of October 17th.
Fink, who started at the Chamber in 1996 as Membership and Marketing Director was named Executive Vice President in 2001 and also has served as Executive Director of the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau since 2000.
Mr. Gaetano stated the Search Committee advertised the position on several websites including the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Jobwatch, the PA Chamber of Business and Industry and on LinkedIn. In addition, the opening was advertised on the Chamber’s website, in local newspapers and in a monthly email publication that lists chamber job openings around the country and reaches thousands of chamber and economic development professionals. Mr. Gaetano relayed the Chamber received 34 full applications from all over the U.S. and even one from an international candidate. The committee carefully reviewed all applicants narrowing down the selection to four strong candidates who were then interviewed by the entire committee. Following the four interviews, two finalists were selected for a second interview and asked to prepare a presentation on the Chamber and what they believed their first six months on the job would look like and what they hoped to accomplish. Following the second interview, Mr. Fink was offered the position.
Mr. Fink stated: “I am humbled to be selected by the Search Committee and Chamber Board of Directors as the new President of the Chamber. It is an organization that has been a catalyst for many great things here in our community and it is an honor and privilege to now lead it. Vince Matteo has done a great job in his leadership of the organization and I thank him for allowing me the opportunity to grow my responsibilities here. Our community has many opportunities ahead of it and the Chamber will be involved in either a lead or supporting role in realizing them. I am fortunate to have a team of dedicated people that work at the Chamber in addition to the countless volunteers in helping to accomplish these community efforts. Together, we will work to assure that Lycoming County realizes its potential with respect to growing business and industry, tourism, education and the overall quality of life for those who live and work in our community.”
Dr. Vincent J. Matteo stated: “I am really excited that Jason will take over when I retire on December 31st. Jason and I have worked together since 2001 and he has been an outstanding staff member, a leader and my trusted and respected confidant. There is no one I can think of who is more prepared, more talented and who loves this organization and community more than he does. He will do a tremendous job and not only build upon all we have accomplished together, but also bring new ideas and a new vision to the Chamber.”
Among his many accomplishments during his time at the Chamber, Fink is credited with imagining and implementing the very successful Grand Slam Parade held in downtown Williamsport which is now seen by many as the “unofficial” kickoff to the Little League World Series. He was also instrumental in bringing the Drum Corps Associates World Championship to Williamsport and Lycoming County. In his current duties, Mr. Fink also heads the Economic Development Department of the Chamber and its affiliates, the Industrial Properties Corporation and Economic and Community Growth Corporation. In that capacity, Mr. Fink fostered and helped facilitate the establishment of a $1 billion, 834 megawatts natural gas power plant and assisted Kellogg’s in sourcing funding to provide line expansion for the Muncy plant that resulted in 30 new jobs. He is also credited with strengthening the Chamber’s education efforts through a variety of initiatives aimed at improving business-education relationships and communication so educators understand the workforce needs of area employers.
Mr. Fink, who will assume his new duties on January 1, 2019, is very active in the local community. His volunteer efforts include being the Chair of the River Valley Regional YMCA Board, current President of the Williamsport Area High School Track & Field Booster Club, as well as a member and Past Chair of the Williamsport YMCA Advisory Board. He also serves on the Career Technical Education Advisory Councils for the Montgomery, Williamsport and Jersey Shore Area School Districts and Mr. Fink has also volunteered for the Williamsport Area Little League for many years. Mr. Fink resides in Williamsport with his wife Pam and their four children, Lydia, a student at Bloomsburg University, Cecilia, who attends Williamsport Area High School, Jack, an eighth grade student and Max, a fourth grade student. He is a graduate of Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC with a BS in Political Science and Sociology/AA History.