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ONChamber lands new president, CEO

Dello Stritto comes to organization from The Partnership for Ontario County

After what officials called a “comprehensive months-long search,” the Ontario County Chamber of Commerce has named Tracey Dello Stritto its new president and chief executive officer. She will start in her new role Oct. 23.

Tracey Dello-Stritto

A native and resident of Ontario County, Dello Stritto joins the chamber from The Partnership for Ontario County, where she served as executive director since 2019. She succeeds Ethan Fogg, who was president and CEO for six years before leaving the organization in July. Michael Mills, the board’s vice chair, had been managing Chamber operations on an interim basis during the search.

Ontario Chamber of CommerceThe ONChamber president and CEO is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization and its full range of activities, as well as strategic imperatives including member relations, retention and recruitment, and financial management. The leader reports to the board of directors.

“The Chamber president is so much more than an organizational administrator,” board chair Michelle Pedzich said. “This leader must also understand the critical role businesses, government, and community leaders play in delivering our mission, and be able to build and maintain these important relationships. Tracey has all these skills and more as demonstrated by a distinguished career in not-for-profit and business management.”

Dello Stritto’s other past leadership roles include serving as executive director of the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance; program manager at Dove Harbor, a transitional housing facility for women and children; and program director at the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester.

“Community is at the core of our personal and professional lives and the Ontario County Chamber of Commerce is a dedicated steward of enhancing our professional business community through their core values,” Dello Stritto said. “I am honored to be given a role in the continued growth of the chamber and its members and look forward to collaborating toward its continued success.”

When not working, Dello Stritto can be found gardening, cooking, and playing with her two young sons. She earned a bachelor’s degree in counseling from Clarks Summit (Pa.) University.

Her hiring concludes a busy summer for the chamber, which announced plans recently to retain ownership of the offices at 113-117 S. Main St. in Canandaigua. For the remainder of 2023, the Chamber team will put together multiple business mixers, a President’s Circle, and the Athena Awards program. The Chamber will launch a 2024 strategic planning process with Dello Stritto at the helm that includes optimizing member value, fostering community programming, and facilitating county-wide tourism and economic development offerings in collaboration with a range of partners.

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