Staff

President/CEO

Bob Garrett

Bob Garrett

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Bob Garrett serves as the President/CEO of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce. He works closely with the Chamber's Board of Directors, committees and affiliates in order to implement and coordinate the Chamber's new strategic plan, the Chamber's mission and the daily activities of the Chamber.

Twenty-three years ago, Bob made the difficult decision to make a career change and go to work for then - Congressman Tom Ridge and ended up serving four different governors at PennDOT in Harrisburg. Before this move, he was very active with the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce as its Transportation Committee Chairman, headed up the Route 15 Coalition and was serving as the Director of the Union County Economic Development Council. Now, after his two-decade Harrisburg stint, Bob is back and ready to work hard on building partnerships, creating an economic development buzz, increasing the Chamber's membership and helping to take the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway from the drawing boards to a ground breaking and, finally, to a ribbon cutting.

Bob grew up in southeastern Pennsylvania, graduated from the Thaddeus Stevens State School of Technology and received his teacher's certification at Penn State. In 1980, he began his professional career at the SUN Area Vocational Technical School. While director of the Union County Economic Development Council, during the 1990's, Bob had a major role in siting the Allenwood Federal Correctional Complex as well as the expansions for several well-known companies.

Executive Director of Operations & Workforce

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Jenny Wentz

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As the Executive Director of Operations & Workforce, Jenny oversees
the daily business activities.  While assessing the needs of the Chamber, she finds ways to contribute to the
big picture by ensuring daily operations run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. As Executive Driector of Workforce, Jenny strives to meet the workforce needs of the local community through the CareerBASICs initiative of the Chamber. CareerBASICs (Building And Strengthening Individual Choices) is a platform that includes the Chamber’s Business & Education Committee activities, the Young Americans Program of events, the Central Pennsylvania Career Pathways Partnership advocacy, pre-apprenticeship programming, and the ‘Clean Slate’ community re-entry programming. Jenny also serves as the Assistant Executive Director of Leadership Susquehanna Valley (LSV), a 501(c)3 nonprofit affiliate of the Chamber.

Jenny graduated as the Valedictorian from McCann School of Business and Technology in 2011, earning an associate degree in administrative office technology, and is a 2016 alumnus of LSV. The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce has provided Jenny invaluable opportunities over the past ten years, which have allowed her to grow and flourish in her professional development. 


Executive Director of Membership

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Chris Berleth

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As Executive Director of Membership, Chris Berleth works to connect members, prospective members, corporate sponsors, and the community-at-large as they build meaningful connections in the Valley.  Equally field-deployed and office-based, Chris serves as Executive Director of Leadership Susquehanna Valley (LSV), a critical partner and Chamber affiliate.  In addition to his duties with LSV and Chamber membership, Chris serves as staff for the Chamber’s Agriculture, Ambassadors and Governmental Affairs Committees respectively.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Chris is a 2007 alumnus of Gettysburg College and a 2015 alumnus of Leadership Susquehanna Valley. He enjoys volunteering with his church, the American Red Cross, and the Boy Scouts of America, but spends most of his spare time with his lovely wife Kali wrangling their two beautiful, mischievous boys, Remington (5) and Rutledge (2).  


Director of Communications

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Vanessa Venios

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As the Director of Communications, Vanessa plays an integral role in promoting the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce.  Vanessa works closely with the Strategic Communications Committee to lead and participate in the execution of a strategic communications plan.  She creates branding, marketing, and public relations strategies to cultivate Chamber initiatives and member benefits.  Vanessa oversees and executes the development of all communications, including the Chamber’s website, monthly newspaper publication, and weekly electronic newsletter. She is also responsible for curating content to increase engagement on the Chamber’s social media channels.  Additionally, Vanessa coordinates Chamber events to shine awareness on important topics that fit within the Chamber’s strategic plan while bringing members together to network, and most importantly, have fun.  Committees that she manages include the Community Prosperity Alliance, Women’s Leadership, Golf Classic, and Events committees.


Vanessa is very active in the Valley as a volunteer and is the Board Vice President of T.I.M.E. - The Improved Milton Experience, a 501(c)3 nonprofit focused on community revitalization, and a Board Director at the Susquehanna River Valley Visitor’s Bureau.  Vanessa recently graduated from Leadership Susquehanna Valley and was awarded the title of Social Liaison for the Class of 2020, better known as The Best Class Ever.  


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