Alton area native Greg Gelzinnis has been named the president and CEO of the Northwest Chamber of Commerce based in Woodson Terrace, Mo.
Board Chairman Katie Magoon said a five-member hiring committee of the board of directors has been working for the last three months to review resumes and screen candidates.
“We received over 168 applicants for the position, but are very pleased that Greg will be leading our organization into the future,” she said.
The Chamber formed in 1951.It represents the interests of businesses in Northwest St. Louis and beyond.
Gelzinnis comes to the Northwest Chamber after having founded and run Bluff City Tours, Inc., a regional tour and event planning business from 1986-2015, three seasons as the kettle coordinator for the Salvation Army – Alton Corps, and most recently as the director of program development for the YWCA of Alton.
“Mr. Gelzinnis’ experience with corporate America, small business, not-for-profits, and service agencies made us confident that he could relate to our diverse membership,” said Immediate Past Board Chairman and member of the hiring committee Tim Branham. “We were also very impressed with Greg’s creativity and willingness to bring new ideas for membership development, events and programs to our table.”
Gelzinnis has been a lifetime resident of the Greater Alton area and is a graduate of DePauw University with degrees in economics and communications. His professional activities are numerous and include time served as chairman of the Pietown Gospel Music Festival; Drug Free Alton Coalition, NFP; and Gateway Confluence Wheelchair Sports Foundation. For the last decade he has been one of the producers of the US Open USTA Wheelchair Championships, one of only two Super Series events held in North America.
Gelzinnis is active in his home church, Main Street United Methodist in Alton, and has led seven mission trips to the country of Honduras since 2005.
“I am deeply honored to become the next president of the Northwest Chamber,” Gelzinnis said. “I am anxious to meet our membership and get to work making sure that business isn’t just good, but great.” said Gelzinnis.
He added: “Former President Brian Goldman, the staff, and Chamber Board are to be commended for making the Northwest Chamber a leader in the region. “The Northwest Chamber is a perfect way for Metro East businesses to bridge to business on the Missouri side, and I would welcome the opportunity to help build those relationships.”
A welcome reception for President Gelzinnis will be held for Northwest Chamber members on Thursday, May 9, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Northwest Chamber Offices; 4477 Woodson Road, Suite 100, St. Louis, MO 63134. Additional information on Chamber Membership and upcoming events can be found on the Chamber’s website at northwestchamber.com or by calling the office at (314) 291-2131.