Staff Changes at the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC
On: October 7, 2016 Filed Under: Chamber News
HARRISBURG (October 7, 2016) – David Black, President & CEO of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC, recently announced two promotions and a new hire.
Patricia Bucek, currently the Vice President of Chamber Operations, will be named Vice President and will become the Chamber & CREDC’s second in command; Melissa Stone, currently Director of Business Finance, will be promoted to Vice President of Economic Development; and Paul Van Winkle was hired as Finance Specialist. These changes became effective October 1st.
In her expanded role, Bucek will continue to have oversight of Chamber Operations, but will also have expanded responsibilities in overall organizational management and policy involving Government Relations and Economic Development activities. Bucek attended Clarion University and Elizabethtown College, where she earned a B.A. in Corporate Communications. Prior to joining the Chamber & CREDC in 2014, she was the Executive Director for the Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania, a regional non-profit organization serving 28 counties in the mid-state.
In Stone’s new role, she will oversee all areas of economic development (CREDC). She served as CREDC’s Business Finance Officer from 2006 – 2010. Stone returned to CREDC in 2012. During the two year period she wasn’t with the organization, she worked for Graystone Tower Bank, where she created a small business underwriting department supporting the entire company’s footprint of small business lenders at fifty branch locations and served as an AVP and Regional SBA Business Banker for Susquehanna Bank. Stone is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Business Administration.
Paul Van Winkle will join Stone and Economic Development Specialist Shaun Donovan on the CREDC side of the shop as CREDC’s new Finance Specialist. He will be involved in all areas of economic development activities and contribute to different aspects of CREDC’s business financing and grant programs. Donovan will continue to work across the board, specializing on grant programs, regional initiatives and economic development related to local government and site selection services.
Prior to joining the Chamber & CREDC, Paul Van Winkle played an integral role in the creation and growth of the non-profit organization Surf & Serve Inc. He was also an active participant and leader in Messiah College’s Business Impact Venture Challenge (IVC). IVC is a business plan competition created to jump start business ventures of young entrepreneurs whose ideas create a positive community impact. Paul also contributed as a leader in an economic development study program located in the town of Loreto, Mexico. Paul graduated from Messiah College with a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance in 2016.
The Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC serves as a catalyst for promoting growth and quality of life in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry Counties by providing a unique blend of business, community and economic development and advocacy services under one roof to boost our economic vitality and livability as a region. The Chamber & CREDC has been accredited with five stars from the United States Chamber of Commerce.