Thursday July 24, 2003

Oswego Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Resigns After 8 Years

Frank Hale to work as vice president at Oswego County National Bank.
By Dola L. Deloff

    Frank Hale, executive director of the Greater Oswego Chamber of Commerce for the past eight years, will be leaving his position at the end of October.

    His letter of resignation was accepted by the chamber?s board of directors July 22.

    "I haven't been unhappy as the executive director," Hale said. "I wasn't looking to leave."

    Hale said that over the past few weeks he had been approached by two organizations, one a "well respected regional organization," Hale said, and the other a local bank, OCNB. The chamber executive director said that he turned down both of the offers but that the latter was "persistent."

    "After discussing the matter with my wife," Hale said, "I accepted the position as the vice-president of business development at the Oswego County National Bank."

    Ronald Tascarella, the chamber's board president, said that he was sorry to accept Hale's resignation and that the chamber would begin the search for a new director immediately. "We know it will be difficult to select a successor whose enthusiasm and energy approaches that of Franks," Tascarella said.

    In the eight years of Hale?s tenure, several programs and events were developed: 20/20 Vision, a 20-year development plan for the city; the Small Business Week Celebration and Business of the Year Award; Taste of Oswego; Sugar Plum Ball; Teddy Bear Tea; and the Oswego Historical Mural

    The chamber also partnered with other organizations to sponsor events.