Logan named interim president of Monroeville chamber
Two local groups meant to support local business now share a president as the groups aim to align their missions and pool resources to cut costs.
Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce officials announced earlier this month that the group’s board appointed Sean Logan, CEO of the Monroeville Convention and Visitors Bureau, as its interim president.
Gary Nowading, chairman of the chamber’s board, said the chamber’s last president, Frank Horrigan, stepped down after a mutual decision on the part of Horrigan and the board.
“We really were looking for a new direction for the chamber,” Nowading said.
He said he hopes Logan’s political connections will help the chamber grow. The chamber has about 525 members in Monroeville and nearby communities, such as Plum and Murrysville.
“It’s kind of remained stagnant, and we’re really trying to change that,” Nowading said. “We want to give every business owner a reason to join.”
Logan, a former state senator, also has served as mayor of Monroeville. He worked as a UPMC executive before he became CEO of Visit Monroeville and is on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.
Logan said the groups he now leads will not merge. But, he said, there are resources they could share to cut overhead. He said the groups might consider sharing office space, supplies, subscriptions to publications and other administrative costs.
Visit Monroeville receives funds from hotel-occupancy taxes generated in Monroeville and gaming revenue. Its budget is about $700,000 a year, according to Logan.
The chamber draws funding from membership fees. Logan said its annual budget is about $450,000.
Also known as the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Monroeville, Visit Monroeville promotes the Monroeville Convention Center to bring visitors into the municipality. He said this mission aligns with the goals of the chamber, a networking organization for local businesses.
“With that (mission) comes an offshoot of promoting local businesses,” he said. “While we’re promoting that trade show, there’s a trickle-down effect.”
Gideon Bradshaw is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-871-2369 or [email protected].