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Clermont Chamber Announces Appointment of New Chief Executive Officer

Matt Van Sant to step out as CEO & President; Joy Lytle named as successor

Union Township, Clermont County Ohio (June 15, 2020) – The Clermont Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce the transition of executive leadership.  The Board has appointed current Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Joy Lytle, to succeed Matt Van Sant, effective July 1, 2020.

“I know I speak for the entire Chamber Board, membership and staff, as well as the Clermont County community, when I say that we are extremely grateful for Matt’s service and leadership,” said Stewart Greenlee, Chairman of the Clermont Chamber Board. “This is certainly the end of an era. One that will be remembered fondly and will be used as a measuring stick for our Chamber for many years to come.”

Since joining the Clermont Chamber of Commerce in 2005 and serving as CEO for the last 15 years, Van Sant has been devoted to upholding and supporting the Chamber’s mission. “During my time at the Chamber, I’m proud of the progress we have made to advance Clermont County as the preferred place to locate, operate and grow a successful company,” he said.

Many positive outcomes have taken place under Van Sant’s tenure, including construction of the State Route 32 interchange. The Clermont Chamber Foundation was established to increase engagement with the community and boasts volunteer involvement from hundreds of companies and nearly 1,000 individuals since formation in 2011.

“The Foundation gave the Chamber a boost to get more involved in the greater good of the community,” said Van Sant. “It also allowed us to invest in community capacity building through initiatives like our LEAD Clermont Academy.”

“Having worked continuously in Clermont County since 1985, most of that time at the Chamber, I am so grateful to this community,” said Van Sant. “I have learned and experienced so many great things over these thirty-five years that I will never forget.”

“Along with our outstanding membership, board of directors, strategic partners and staff, we are ready for what comes our way,” continued Van Sant. “Our staff — now led by Joy Lytle — is ready for this transition. Joy brings a strong sense of leadership, direction and sense of purpose to lead the Chamber going forward… our best years are yet to come.”

Lytle to Take Reins July 1, 2020

Lytle, a long-time resident of Union Township, pulls from over twenty years of experience working in the for-profit, non-profit and government sectors. Most notably with the Cincinnati Business Courier, Schaefer, Clermont Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Garner, NC. She brings a wealth of diverse, innovative leadership, event programming and business expertise.

“We are excited to have Joy’s energy level, passion, knowledge and relationships leading the Clermont Chamber to new heights,” said Greenlee. “She understands how important it is, now, more than ever for the Clermont Chamber to support and advocate for local businesses in this ever-changing business climate.”

Lytle has served on various Chamber committees over the years, is active on numerous education, philanthropic, civic groups, and boards. Most recently with CREW Cincinnati, ArtsWave, Clermont County Census, Drug Free Coalition, UC Deans Advisory Council, United Way Eastern Campaign and Clermont County Imagination Library.

Lytle earned her BS degree in Marketing from Northern Kentucky University and is in the process of completing her Institute for Organizational Management certification. She was recently awarded Allied Construction Industries 2019 Distinguished Service Award and CREW Cincinnati’s 2019 Member of the Year.

“Joy brings fresh ideas and perspectives to our organization and we are excited to see the impact she will make in our community,”continued Greenlee.

 “I look forward to leading an organization with more than 50 years of partnership with the business community,” said Lytle. “The wonderful work of our board, staff, amazing members, and countless volunteers has laid a solid foundation that will allow the Chamber to rally around and support future business growth and economic development in Clermont County.”

About the Clermont Chamber of Commerce

Founded in 1969, the Clermont Chamber of Commerce is an association of nearly 700 businesses working together to make the Clermont County area the preferred place to locate, operate and grow a successful company. The Chamber’s key initiatives are member/investor benefits, leadership development, government advocacy, business education and economic growth. Find us at

For additional information about this or other Chamber news, contact Clermont Chamber Director of Communications & Marketing, Allison Cottrill at (513) 576-5013 or by e-mail.

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