The Columbus CHamber
Michael Dalby joined the Columbus Chamber in April 2011 as its president and CEO. Under his leadership, the Columbus Chamber has transformed into a business development and advocacy organization with a laser focus on expanding and retaining existing businesses. Its mission: to grow the Columbus Region economy one business at a time by connecting businesses to the resources, services, and solutions they need to propel to the next level.
A veteran of the chamber of commerce industry, Dalby most recently served as president and CEO of One Southern Indiana, a regional business development organization formed from the Southern Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Southern Indiana Economic Development Council and SI 2020 (a regional visioning organization). During his tenure, Dalby created the Business Retention & Expansion program, facilitating 47 existing company expansions and facilitating economic development projects that added more than 5,000 new jobs and more than $249 million in new capital investment.
Prior to joining One Southern Indiana, Dalby served as the president and CEO of the San Angelo (Texas) Chamber of Commerce; executive director of the Alamogordo (New Mexico) Chamber of Commerce; and director, business and tourism development, of the Heber Valley (Utah) Chamber of Commerce.
Dalby received a Bachelor of Science degree in International Affairs and Humanities from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Nebraska. He is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Organization Management and is a Certified Chamber Executive.
Michael Hartley is the Vice President of Government Relations for the Columbus Chamber, where he leads advocacy efforts on behalf of the Columbus Region’s business community.
Hartley, a veteran of legislative and political matters, is responsible for working with city, state, county and federal government leaders to promote a pro-business legal and regulatory environment in which businesses can expand and prosper.
Prior to the Chamber, Hartley served as the Director of Public Liaison for Governor John Kasich where he directed all outreach efforts for the office. In addition, he has served in leadership positions for several campaigns, as well as in State government positions.
Hartley received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Secondary Education from Baldwin-Wallace College.
Shaun Frecska is the Vice President, Membership Services for the Columbus Chamber. He is responsible for developing and executing strategic and tactical plans, and collaborating with all Chamber departments to achieve short- and long-term membership and revenue growth goals.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Shaun worked for over seven years with the YMCA and Unified Health Solutions, both in Dayton, OH, as both membership and program director. His for-profit background includes over eight years of leading sales and operations for a beverage company and starting/operating a small business focused on meal packaging in a ten-state territory.
Shaun is a recipient of the 2005 Dayton Business Journals’ Top 40 Professionals Under 40 Award and one of five national recipients of the 2005 AMA Robert J. Lavidge Non-Profit Marketing Research Scholarship Awards. He is a resident of Powell with three young children and has a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree from the University of Dayton.