HARRISBURG - On June 2, 2010, John F. Coleman, Jr. President and CEO of the CBICC/CCIDC, was nominated by Governor Edward G. Rendell to serve as a Commissioner with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. His nomination was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday, June 15, 2010.
This appointment will result in Mr. Coleman's
resignation from his position as President/CEO of the CBICC/CCIDC. Mr. Coleman
has served as the CBICC/CCIDC executive for the past 11 years.
Coleman will join the five-member Commission which provides regulatory oversight to approximately 8,600 utility and transportation companies operating across Pennsylvania. The PUC has an operating budget of $60 million and employs approximately 500 employees.
During Coleman's 11-year tenure, the Chamber experienced significant organizational growth which resulted in becoming the largest business membership organization in central Pennsylvania. Under Coleman's leadership, the Chamber received accreditation from the United States Chamber of Commerce and was nationally honored by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives on several occasions. Notable projects completed under Coleman's leadership at the CCIDC include the creation of the Centre County Business Loan Program, the $2.6 million Technology Center expansion that houses 28 start-up companies in the CCIDC's business incubator, and the new 217-acre Benner Commerce Park.
The Board of Directors took action at its meeting on June 9, 2010, to name CBICC Vice President of Finance, David Wise, as President/CEO upon Coleman's departure. Mr. Wise has been with the CBICC for over six (6) years, and is familiar with all Chamber operations. He will provide the necessary guidance and direction while a permanent successor for Coleman is hired.
The CBICC Board is assembling an Executive Search Committee which will begin the task of recruiting a new President and Chief Executive Officer.