The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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May 14, 2013

Ashtabula County Chamber of Commerce president Jessica Forsythe awarded scholarship

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Jessica Forsythe of the Ashtabula County Chamber of Commerce has been awarded a Sam’s Club® Scholarship to the Institute for Organizational Management.

Chosen from more than 900 applications and awarded to only 20 first-year attendees from across the country, the Sam’s Club scholarships recognize individuals who exhibit excellent nonprofit management practices in several areas, including involvement in professional industry organizations, community involvement and demonstrated leadership.

The Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

“The U.S. Chamber is proud to partner with Sam’s Club to provide these dedicated professionals the opportunity to attend Institute and educate them on how to better represent their members and expand their organizations’ influence,” said Raymond P. Towle, vice president of Institute for Organization Management at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “We are pleased to recognize talented individuals, like Jessica, advance their careers and organizations, and we appreciate the commitment from Sam’s Club to the business community.”

Forsythe, who is president and CEO of the Ashtabula County Chamber of Commerce, said this is an outstanding opportunity for her to bring experience and knowledge back to Ashtabula County.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce through this scholarship award,” she said.

Each of the Sam’s Club scholarship recipients will attend one of Institute’s five sites in 2013. At the completion of the four-year curriculum, each of the recipients will receive the IOM graduate recognition, signifying completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management and their commitment to the industry. In addition, all credit hours earned through Institute may be applied toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) industry certification.

The Ashtabula County Chamber of Commerce is celebrating 126 years in business.

A native of northeast Ohio, Forsythe was named president in January 2012. She replaced Jim Timonere, who left the post after being elected city manager in November 2011.

Forsythe had served as state director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, president and CEO of the Euclid Chamber of Commerce, chairman and board member of the Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Lake County Chambers of Commerce and as the vice chairman of the Northern Ohio Area Chambers of Commerce.

Forsythe and her family are big Cleveland sports fans, especially cheering on the Cavaliers.

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