Regional Chamber Expects to Name New Leader by End of Month

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber expects to name Tom Humphries’ successor by the end of the month, the current president and CEO said Wednesday.

According to sources who declined to be named publicly, the search has narrowed down to four candidates, two internal and two external. 

“The CEO search is progressing on schedule, as the interview process continues. That process will conclude with the new CEO being chosen by the end of January,” Humphries said in a statement responding to a request for comment. 

Through a chamber spokesperson, he declined to provide further specifics about the search.  

Humphries, who previously headed the chamber from 1997 to 2017, resumed the president/CEO role in November 2019, when the chamber’s board did not renew its contract with James Dignan. 

In September, the chamber announced that its board of directors would begin a search for a new president/CEO. Applications for the position were accepted through Oct. 16.

John Moliterno, executive director of the Western Reserve Port Authority and Humphries’ predecessor prior to 1997, said WRPA has had a good relationship and worked well with Humphries.

“We look forward to working with whomever succeeds Tom,” he said, adding the port authority will work with anyone “trying to make this community the best that we can.” 

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