Heitzenrater Announced as Next President/CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce

From left to right, Fred Johnson, CCCC Chairperson, Todd Tranum, CCCC Outgoing President/CEO, Dan Heitzenrater, CCCC Incoming President/CEO, Heather Brown, CCCC Treasurer.

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Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce

On behalf of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Chairperson, Fred Johnson has announced Daniel Heitzenrater as the next President/CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce. “We are excited to bring Dan on the team as he has the skills, the motivation and is the right fit to lead the organization,” stated Fred Johnson. “As the key Executive Assistant for the last three of our County Executives Dan is both intimately acquainted with the details that make up the business environment of Chautauqua County and also with a strategic level County-wide perspective on the issues and opportunities facing us as we go forward. We had several excellent candidates for this position. We conducted an extensive search and executed a thorough process to ultimately hire Dan. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Todd Tranum, our outgoing CEO for his many years of service and contribution to our organization and to the County. He has been tireless in his efforts to improve opportunities for our members and for the County we work in. Most recently, he has guided us through all the twists and turns of the COVID pandemic while at the same time managing a thoughtful and meticulous transition of leadership which brings us together to welcome Dan as our new leader.”

“I am excited to start a new chapter with the Chamber of Commerce,” said Daniel Heitzenrater, incoming Chamber President. “I have enjoyed working with residents and businesses across Chautauqua County through my role in the County Executive’s Office, and I look forward to continuing that work countywide to advocate for the priorities of Chamber members and our communities.”

“I am thrilled for our members, investors and the overall organization that Dan will be taking the reigns at the Chamber,” stated Todd Tranum, outgoing President/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce. “Having interacted with Dan for the past several years, I am confident that he will be a strong representative of the business community, will work as a team player with our many partners and will bring with him new and innovative approaches to help businesses address their challenges and seize their opportunities.”

“It is an exciting time to join the Chamber of Commerce team,” stated Heitzenrater. “The challenges of the past eighteen months have brought many struggles of local business to the forefront. We have a great opportunity to grow support and advocate for the priorities of our chamber members while envisioning new ways to drive foot traffic and conduct business.”

The mission of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is to create a business environment in the region where our members can thrive. The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is a privately funded business organization composed of 900 businesses representing approximately 24,000 employees. The Chamber is driving initiatives and providing services to help support and build stronger businesses and communities in Chautauqua County.