New director selected for Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce

Philip Fritsche, pictured here, recently was named president and CEO of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce.
Philip Fritsche, pictured here, recently was named president and CEO of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Philip Fritsche of Wisconsin will take over as president and CEO of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce later this month, the organization said Monday.

Fritsche currently serves as the president of the Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Chamber of Commerce, where he has worked since 2003. His official start date at the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce is Dec. 16.

Matt Horist, chamber board chairman, said more than 30 people applied for the position.

"(Fritsche's) resume, chamber experience and background was very appealing to us," Horist said. "He's been in the chamber for over 20 years."

Fritsche has worked at two chamber organizations for more than 20 years, according to a news release from the organization. He also has been on the Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Executives Board of Directors since 2012, serving as president in 2016 and 2017, and received a certificate in organization management from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

While in Beaver Dam, Fritsche established new programs and initiatives to promote professional development and assist with business success, according to the Crystal Lake chamber.

"Given the skills gap and worker shortage in the region, (Fritsche) helped form the Manufacturing Business Alliance to ensure the business community had better access to an essential trained workforce," the news release said.

Horist said most manufacturers are having the same problems finding a skilled workforce, and though it is improving in this area, he "loves the fact that (Fritsche) was thinking about that" in other chambers where he worked.

Fritsche will take over the role from Jackie Ruiz, who had been named interim executive director after the resignation of Alli Magit earlier this summer. He was unable to be reached for comment on Monday.

"I think he's a forward thinker," Horist said. "I think what he’s excited about is to come to the community and learn about the community and existing programs we have in place, and see how to expand those."

Fritsche is looking for a place to live in the area, Horist said.

The public can meet the new Chamber of Commerce president from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hickory Hall, 406 W. Woodstock St.

"We’re extremely excited to have someone with (Fritsche's) capabilities to take over the role as president and CEO of the chamber," Horist said.

In addition to his work at the chamber, Fritsche also has been active in civic and municipal organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America and Rotary. According to the chamber, he enjoys travel and biking, hiking and kayaking.

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