BACC faces new

Executive director Tricia Miller (left) and office coordinator Halle Fischer are ready to work with businesses in the community.

There are two new faces at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, executive director Tricia Miller and office coordinator Halle Fischer.

Miller was “very excited” when she heard she was chosen for the position.

“I love this community. I grew up here. My great-grandfather helped start Friendship State Bank and then my grandfather was president for what seems like many decades. He taught me about volunteering in the community. He once said, ‘Being involved in your community will create something that will give you purpose in life.’ That always stuck with me.

“I have been helping businesses in the public and private sector for over 20 years. When I moved back to Batesville, I knew I wanted to help businesses around the Batesville area. What better way of doing it than through the chamber of commerce.”

“I have a bachelor’s degree from Regis University in accounting/finance with a minor in communication and my MBA. I owned LiL’ Charlie’s for 14 years, and while I was the owner, I was very involved in the Batesville community. I was on the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce board and Hillcrest Country Club Board. I was also on the Economic Development Commission for the city of Batesville when they announced Honda was coming to Greensburg. We worked on improving our industry-based economy and promoted our community to the prospective workforce for Honda.

“While I was on the chamber board, I chaired the holiday parade, business expo and several other events. I was an active member with Phi Beta Psi, Rotary, American Red Cross and St. Louis Parish. I was one of seven chamber members who went to the Destination Bootcamp in Orlando, Florida. We learned hundreds of new methods to bring more customers and tourists to the Batesville area through a two-day marketing workshop that also taught us how to reposition our businesses as consumer destinations.”

She announces, “I look forward to working with all the businesses in the Batesville area. We have such a variety of businesses, and I want to focus on getting to know them. I am also looking forward to collaborating with the city of Batesville and Main Street. We all have a common goal of making Batesville a thriving community, and I think it’s done best by working together.”

“My first goal is to introduce myself back into the community and our members. I really want businesses to know what our chamber does for them and what they get out of it. The chamber will revamp the website so we can explain all the networking, advocating and marketing we do for all the members. We also have discounts on bulk mail, advertising and printing ... (and) offer free educational seminars and workshops.

“Another goal is for our members to know we are their voice for the community. We receive a lot of phone calls and emails daily asking about surrounding businesses. I am here to support and make referrals. We also help educate businesses on local and state policy changes. My biggest goal will be to listen and to advocate for all our chamber members.”

BACC board President Mary Huntington reveals, “We posted the (executive director) job on Indeed and also Batesville online.”

As the resumes came in, “the executive board members would go through them .... If they had the qualifications we were looking for, then we would reach out to them and set up an interview. We roughly had about 15 applicants, and we interviewed about eight of them.

“We had some really great candidates who applied, and it was a tough decision to make.” The executive board, Huntington, Dustin Tarter, Maggie Henson, Matt Tarkington, Pete Mack and Jocelyn Xenophontos, made the decision to hire Miller.

She “stood out to each and every one of us with her qualifications as well as being from the area and that she was once a business owner in Batesville. She has a lot of knowledge of other chambers and she knows what the chamber is about and what it can do for all the businesses. She has a lot of new ideas and will be a huge asset to our chamber of commerce.”

The president emphasizes, “We are very excited to have Tricia on board, and we know the chamber is headed in the right direction. Tricia started Sept. 3, and I feel like she took off running, winning the gold. Look for some new and exciting things to come out of the Batesville chamber.”

Miller has three children: Jordan, 22, who is working on her bachelor’s degree in elementary education; and twin boys, Luke and Drew, 12, who are Batesville Middle School sixth-graders. “They are the highlight of my life,” she points out.

“My significant other is Paul Fasbinder, who is also originally from Batesville. We are both glad to be back in the community.”

She enjoys tennis and golf. “I played tennis in college so I try and keep up the game. Most of my free time is spent with my family. As a family, we love game night. We are all pretty competitive so games can last hours at a time.”

The Oldenburg Academy graduate adds, “I want to thank everyone that extended a warm welcome to my family. We appreciate all the kind words and gifts .... I look forward to my new role as Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce executive director. If you have any questions or concerns, our number at the chamber is 812-934-3101. I would love to hear from our community members.”

Fischer will be working closely with Miller.

“I was interested in this position because I loved the idea of working with a community and building strong relationships. I knew that this position would give me endless opportunities to learn and grow in both my professional and my personal journey, and it certainty has.”

“I am looking forward to all of our upcoming events. Everyone involved is working so hard to make these events the best for the community, and I am excited to see the final project.”

“I grew up and still live in Greensburg. My parents are Rick and Bonnie Fischer, and I have two older brothers, Jordan and Cory. I just got engaged to my fiancé, Jacob Ison, in March and we are excited about our future. My grandpa, also Richard Fischer, grew up here in Batesville. His father, Bernard Francis Fischer, owned a shoe repair shop called Fischer Shoe Repair out of his home garage on Catherine Street.”

The young lady has a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and a minor in sociology from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She is working on her Associate of Applied Science degree in paralegal studies through Ivy Tech.

In her free time, she enjoys relaxing and spending time with her fiancé and with friends and family. The couple also like to fish and cook together. “Reading is also one of my favorite things to do when I get the chance.”

Diane Raver can be contacted at diane.raver@batesvilleheraldtribune.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 220114.

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