2021-2022 Board of Directors & Staff
Board of Directors
Chair of the Board
Matt is a graduate of St. Mary’s Central Catholic, Kent State University, the Sandusky Police Academy, and Leadership Erie County. He married his high school sweetheart, Tami (Kersker), in 1997. They are proud lifelong residents of Sandusky and have raised three amazing children: Megan, Emma, and Jaxon. Megan attends Capital University where she is a member of the women’s golf team. Emma attends The University of Dayton, majoring in Education. Jaxon attends Sandusky Central Catholic School and participates in Football and Basketball. In addition to the serving on the Erie County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Matt currently serves on the Board of Directors at Sandusky Central Catholic and the Leadership Erie County Board of Trustees. He worked for the Perkins Township Police Department as a police officer for several years and is currently the General Sales Manager at Firelands Toyota in Sandusky. In his spare time, Matt enjoys spending time with his family. One of his favorite quotes is: “To the world, you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world.”
Vice Chair of the Board
Firelands Regional Medical Center
Dru is a 1989 Graduate of St. Mary’s Central Catholic High School. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Education and Allied Professions from Bowling Green State University in 1996 and a Master of Organizational Development from Bowling Green State University in 2006.
He began his professional career at Medical Mutual of Ohio from 1997 to 1999 in the role of Provider Contracting/Network Development, then at Vantage Health Plan 1999-2001. He became the Marketing Director of Concord Care Centers in 2001 until he moved to Firelands Regional Medical Center in 2003. Dru is currently the Vice President of Operations/Marketing and Strategic Planning for FRMC. His areas of responsibility include Physician Recruitment and Relations, South Campus Operations, Environmental Services, Nutritional Services/Java City, Business Development, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Marketing and Public Relations, Strategic Planning, Community Outreach, and Development/Fundraising.
Dru is involved in several boards and committees in our area. He is currently serving on the Stein Hospice Board of Directors, Sandusky Central Catholic School Education Foundation, and is a Sandusky Yacht Club Trustee, in addition to his position on the Erie County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Dru is happiled married to Tahnee Meredith. He has three children: Maddie Kreidler (BGSU), Jacob Kreidler (OSU), and Morgan Meredith (Sandusky Central Catholic). He attends St. Mary Parish.
Treasurer of the Board
Payne Nickles & Co.
Al is a native of Sandusky, a 1971 graduate of ITT University, and became certified as a Fraud Examiner in 1994. He was president of Nickles, Zorn & Associates in Sandusky from 1974 until merging with Payne, Nickles & Company in late 1999. Al's expertise in litigation, wealth management, trusts and estates along with his extensive tax knowledge allows him to advise a diverse group of clients in complex issues.
Al has been involved in the Chamber for many years and has been Chair of the Erie County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in the past. He was a board member and chair of the finance committee of Providence Hospital; when Providence was bought by Firelands he was put on that board as well as the finance committee. He is currently Chair of the audit and compliance committee for Firelands. He is the chairman of the City of Sandusky audit committee with the oversight of the City of Sandusky audit and the direct working relationship with the state auditors relevant to the city audit. Al was awarded the Erie County Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.
Dave Baumgartner is the Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A in Sandusky. Prior to Chick-fil-A, Dave spent almost 20 years leading digital media sales and marketing organizations, including Tandem Media, ReachLocal and Auto Trader. He also had a 10 year career with Sherwin Williams in various management positions. Dave is very active with the Chapel and has served there on their elder board, in the kid's ministry, on the Global Missions Team and has spearheaded a church-wide leadership initiative. In addition, he serves on the board of the Erie County Special Olympics and as a Big Brother with the Erie County Community Mentoring Program. Dave and his wife Becky have been married for 30 years and have a daughter Brittany who attends BGSU.
Board Member / Past Chair of the Board
Kula is corporate counsel for Hoty Enterprises, Inc., a second-generation firm specializing in the brokerage, development and management of commercial and residential real estate projects for its own portfolio, real estate investors and public entities. As a diversion from her “desk job,” and because working is her main hobby, Kula also owns the Sandusky Once Upon a Child franchise, which buys and sells gently-used children’s clothing, toys and equipment. Kula has been married to Brad, the most patient and supportive man alive, for 21 years and they have a teenage daughter, Emma. Totally lacking motivation in the kitchen, Kula enjoys a good meal out, reading (preferably near a body of water), and traveling with her family.
Matt is a graduate of Case Western University with a BS in Chemistry; he holds an MBA in Finance from Case as well. He joined American Colors in 1989 as a Lab Chemist. Over the years, he advanced to Lab Manager, Vice President of Technical Operations, and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and was recently promoted to President. Mr. Kosior has assisted in the expansion of operations in the United States with two new facilities, Gallatin, TN and Seguin, TX, as well as a plant in Shanghai China.
Matt served on the Perkins School Board and he and his wife Beth reside in Perkins Township along with daughters Catherine and Grace.
Dennis G. Shaffer, CEO and President of Civista Bancshares, Inc. and Civista Bank and board of director member for both organizations. He has been in the banking profession for 33 years, having worked for both community and larger regional banks. He started his banking career on the retail side, working in various departments and then spent the bulk of his career working in commercial banking and management. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and holds banking degrees from the Graduate School of Banking and the Ohio School of Banking. Volunteer activities include serving on the board of directors of the Cancer Support Community of Central Ohio, The Buckeye Ranch, and the Erie County Chamber of Commerce.
He grew up in Lexington, Ohio and spent 29 years residing in Columbus, Ohio after graduation from college. He currently resides in Marblehead, Ohio with his wife Lora and they have two grown children, Ashley (David) Morrow and Brittany (Ken) Ackerson, and 4 grandchildren. He is an avid sports fan and long-time football season ticket holder of The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cleveland Browns. He and Lora enjoy traveling, dining out, movies and spending time with family and friends.
We are currently seeking a Chamber President.