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The Journal Gazette

Monday, October 30, 2017 4:00 pm

Regional Chamber names new president

Emerging from resignations characterized earlier this year by a board member as "apparent improprieties," the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana has named a new president.

Bill Konyha of Wabash, will take the reins overseeing efforts of the group advocating on behalf of business interests in northeast Indiana.

Konyha formerly was director of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. He also served as president of the Indiana Economic Development Association and chaired the group's legislative committee.

The regional chamber is separate from Greater Fort Wayne Inc., the result of a 2013 merger of the former Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance and the former Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce.

Vince Buchanan of Fort Wayne and Maribeth Callicoat resigned from their positions as executive director and director of operations of the regional chamber in February.

Lake City Bank President and CEO David Findlay, president of the regional chamber's board, said then that there were "apparent improprieties" that he did not specify and declined to comment on whether the two disputed them.

Neither Buchanan, who resigned from a position on the Allen County Board of Zoning Appeals about the same time, nor Callicoat commented publicly on the resignations. The two were the regional chamber's only employees.

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