The Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce announced this morning that Erikka Storch has been selected as the Chamber's new president. Prior to accepting the position, Storch served as the chief financial officer of Ohio Valley Steel.
The Chamber Executive Committee voted unanimously to approve Storch - a Republican who serves as a delegate in the West Virginia Legislature - for the president's post after an extensive search.
This committee worked very closely with hired consultant Fred Lambert, author of "Being the Best," the nonprofit organization's guide to total quality.
The committee, with Lambert's help, met several times over the past month and conducted detailed interviews.
"We want to thank our committee for all their dedicated time and hard work to make this process as smooth as possible," Search Committee Chairman John Culler said.
"We had many strong candidates. Erikka brings with her 20-plus years of proven business knowledge and experience. We are pleased to welcome her to begin building upon the success this Chamber has already experienced. We are proud of the staff at the Chamber.
"They have done an excellent job serving the members and growing the organization throughout this process."
Storch obtained both her Master of Business Administration and Bachelor's of Science degrees from Wheeling Jesuit University. In 2013, she was named the Woman in Manufacturing STEP Ahead. She was recognized by the State Journal as Generation Next in 2008, Faces of the Future by The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register in 2005, and she was W.Va. Executive Magazine's Young Gun in 2001.
Storch will continue to represent the area in the West Virginia House of Delegates through this term and plans on continuing her involvement in the Legislature.
"This is a win-win for the Chamber and our citizens of the Ohio Valley and all search committee members felt strongly that she could handle both positions well," Vice-Chairman of the Chamber Board Bill Koegler said,
Storch will leave her current long-time position at Ohio Valley Steel.
"We wanted a leader with proven Chamber experience, business leadership, governmental relations and economic development," Koegler said. "Erikka has all of the skills the committee felt were needed to serve our members and continue to grow the Chamber. We are thrilled to welcome her to the community."
Storch will begin working at Chamber on July 1, and said she looks forward to meeting with area business and community leaders.