Board Committees

Committees that help run our Chamber

Our Board Members run specific committees that help ensure that the Chamber remains active and focused across a wide range of interests.  From membership through special projects, we have targeted objectives that help build our community and serve our members.

Membership Committee

Bob Babinchek
Wesbanco Insurance Services
304-234-9517

Duties: To effectively communicate and market services to the business community which will increase new membership and retain current members. Develop new member services and visit potential member businesses.

Projects: Annual Membership Directory and/or Membership Drive; Prospective Member Packages; Information Sources – the “Thursday Memo” and The Town Crier; Leads to Success/New Member Breakfasts and Focus Group Luncheons; “Wine & Dine” at Williams, and the Grand Opening Team/Chamber Ambassadors.

Meetings: Committee members meet as needed throughout the year at the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce in the Conference Room. For more information on how to become involved in this very active committee, please call Bob at (304)234-9517 or the Chamber Office at (304) 748-7212.

Business After Hours Committee

JoAnn Babela – Chairperson
Holiday Inn Weirton
(304) 723-5522

Duties: To set a schedule of events (eight Business After/Before Hours planned per year) and set a format for future activities. The BAHs event is traditionally scheduled for the third Tuesday of the month (September through May) from 5:00 – 7:00PM at local Chamber Member businesses.

Annual Projects: Tri State Home & Garden Show, “Top of WV Showcase,” “Toys for Tots” Toy Drive, and the Christmas Open House.

Meetings: Committee members meet as needed throughout the year at the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce in the Conference Room. For more information on how to become involved in this committee or to receive information on hosting your own Business After Hours, please call JoAnn at (304) 723-5522 or the Chamber Office at (304) 748-7212.

Education Committee

Craig Howell – Chairperson
The Weirton Daily Times
(304) 748-0606

Duties: To work with Chamber Member businesses on issues affecting the business climate by addressing the educational needs of all members. Provide the business community with the opportunity to educate their employees. Enhance the quality of educational services available in the community.

Annual Projects: Leadership Weirton (January to June), Youth Leadership Weirton (September to May), High School Business Symposium (April), and Educational Seminars as needed.

Meetings: Committee members meet the second Monday of every other month at the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce in the Conference Room at 3:00PM. For more information on how to become involved in the Education Committee, please call the Chamber Office at (304) 748-7212.

Government Affairs Committee

Vince Azzarello – Chairperson
Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort
(304) 387-8353

Duties: To monitor local, state, and federal government. To identify pertinent issues, lobby on the Chamber’s behalf, and work with elected officials to advocate the interests of the business community.

Annual Projects: Conduct “Meet the Candidate” Forums, organize Voter Registration Opportunities, sponsor Legislative trips to Charleston, and publish and distribute a directory of elected officials.

Meetings: Committee members meet as needed throughout the year at the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce in the Conference Room. For more information on how to become involved in this committee, please call Vince at (304) 387-8353 or the Chamber Office at (304) 748-7212.

Finance Committee

Nick Latousakis – Chairperson
Wine & Beverage Merchants
(304) 723-1720

Duties: To provide fiscal support and ensure sound financial conditions of Chamber resources. To develop a Board-approved annual operating budget, produce Monthly Financial Reports, and to work with the Executive Committee to develop a long-term strategy for maintaining adequate funding.

Special Projects Committee

Lisa Conti
WMC Physician Practices
304-797-6359

Duties: To develop programs strengthening area pride and providing quality activities and events for Chamber Members, community residents, and visitors.

Annual Projects: Co-Sponsor for the Tri-State Home & Garden Show, the Annual Membership Meeting and Banquet, “Ladies’ Day at the Chamber,” Christmas Season Activities (Christmas Lights Storage & Upkeep, the Weirton Christmas Parade, and the Salvation Army “Angel Tree” Toy Project).

Meetings: Committee members meet as needed throughout the year at the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce in the Conference Room. For more information on how to become involved in this very active committee, please call Lisa at (304) 797-6359 or the Chamber Office at (304) 748-7212.