Tretter to lead countywide chamber of commerce



John Tretter is home. And he’s ready for a challenge.

Tuesday morning, the Huntingburg man was named the first executive director of the newly launched Dubois County Chamber of Commerce.

He has lived across the country throughout his life — including a 12-year stint in Washington, D.C. — but now, he’s looking forward to bettering his native county.

“This is a very unique place,” he said. “And coming back and hopefully helping it become even more prosperous, thrive even more, to be a part of that is very exciting.”

The countywide chamber’s mission is to serve businesses of all sizes by providing leadership, legislative advocacy, and member-to-member collaborative opportunities by working at a county, regional and state level to foster growth and profitability for members.

Merger talks between the Huntingburg and Ferdinand chambers of commerce began in 2018, and on Jan. 1, the county chamber officially launched.

Tretter recently moved back to Huntingburg from Chicago, where he worked as an executive assistant for about half a year at MxD, a company that equips U.S. factories with tools and expertise.

Before that, he served as the director of Shared Abundance, a food pantry in Huntingburg, for 2 1/2 years. He also worked for more than a decade in D.C. as an executive assistant, project coordinator and administrative associate for various offices.

Tretter believes the chamber plays a role in economic, workforce and infrastructure development, and thinks that combining the two groups under a new umbrella will benefit residents. One of his goals as the organization’s leader is to bolster the county’s voice in the state legislature.

“Dubois County is a very powerful economic engine in Indiana,” Tretter said. “And if we want it to keep humming, we have got to stay on top of top of those sorts of issues, among others.”

The Dubois County Chamber of Commerce will represent all communities in the county. Matt Krieg, president of the chamber’s board of directors, believes Tretter is the right man to lead the organization.

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The Dubois County Chamber's Board of Directors.

“John has the skills to guide the strategic vision and growth of the Dubois County Chamber of Commerce,” Krieg said in a press release. “He will be able to strongly develop relationships not only at the county level, but also at a legislative level, while representing Dubois County businesses.”

Tretter is glad to be back. He’s looking forward to this new challenge in his life because he believes the group will succeed.

His focus now shifts to setting up an office for the group, communicating with the board, and building connections with current and future members.

“I’ve been around the country for a long time, a couple of decades” Tretter said. “And this is forever home to me.”

In addition to the naming of the executive director, the Dubois County Chamber also has named the following individuals to its board of directors: Krieg of Kincaid Insurance as president; Brenda Adams of The Herald as vice president; Jamie Jahn of Downtown Fitness & Running as secretary and treasurer; Darren Patterson of The Mortgage Company of Southern Indiana; Amy Gehlhausen of Qualicare Family Homecare; Stacy Voegerl of OFS Brands; Dave Ring of Ring Farms; Marc Steczyk of Lincoln Amphitheatre; Jason King of Kimball Electronics; Steffi Schmuecker of German American Bank; Jamie Pund, superintendent of the Southeast Dubois County School Corporation; Michelle Meny of Meny True Value; and Paul Wahl of Kimball Hospitality, retired.

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