President’s Message

John Yelkich, 2021 President, Hobart Chamber of Commerce


Being an insurance agent, I have been trained to look for the risk in many different circumstances. For instance, where most people see sunshine, I see the number one leading cause of skin cancer. However, not even someone as pessimistic as me could have foreseen the events that occurred over the course of the last 12 months.

From COVID-19 to the civil unrest our nation has seen and everything in between, it has been an extraordinary year. And, as a result of this extraordinary year, there have come new challenges to the businesses in the Hobart community. My pledge as incoming President of the Hobart Chamber is to assist our local businesses in meeting these challenges head-on and provide opportunities to learn how to thrive in this new reality we face.

As a business owner, I understand how difficult it is to run a business successfully. It takes long hours, many sacrifices and a lot of sleepless nights to reach a point where we can unlock the doors in the morning and not have an overwhelming feeling of dread. My goal for the Hobart Chamber in 2021 is to help alleviate those feelings of dread and uncertainty and become a resource that makes doing business easier.

I am also going to use this opportunity to issue a statement to my fellow board members and Chamber membership as a whole; you need to become more involved in what it is we do. From events to publications, we need participation to survive. Your participation is vital in that you are our largest, single resource. When that resource is motivated, we can accomplish great things.

I am excited about the coming year and look forward to maximizing the resources the Hobart Chamber of Commerce has to offer.

John Yelkich
2021 President, Hobart Chamber of Commerce

Board of Directors

President John YelkichState Farm Insurance
President-ElectJason BeresDataMine Internet Marketing Solutions
1st Vice-PresidentCandace ArvinGeneral Insurance Services
TreasurerJenny GunningPeoples Bank
Secretary Dee Bedella St. Mary Medical Center
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Ex-Officio Marsha PlesacCentier Bank
Executive Director Thomas Byelick Hobart Chamber of Commerce

Administrative Assistant VACANTHobart Chamber of Commerce
Term 2021 Greg GomolkaComcast
Kevin Kosek REGIONAL federal credit union
Sherry Sink Superior Ambulance
Term 2022 Pamela Broadaway Trailblazers Bike Barn
Chrissy Janusaitis Hobart Kiwanis
Harry Langbehn First Financial Bank
Term 2023 Jorge Gutierrez Allstate Insurance Agency
Mario Valtierra SMI/RMSR
Voice But No Vote Brian Snedecor City of Hobart
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Beth Jacobson City of Hobart, Economic Development
Peggy Buffington School City of Hobart