Batavia Chamber leader plans to step down
By Linda Girardi For Sun-Times Media December 19, 2013 10:48AM
Roger Breisch shares insights into changing views on life in his blog.
Updated: January 21, 2014 11:12AM
Batavia Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Roger Breisch is leaving his position after nearly a decade.
Breisch announced Thursday that he has submitted his resignation effective Jan. 31.
“My tenure at the Chamber will be just a few months shy of 10 years,” he said in an email.
“It has been a marvelous journey. The directors with whom I have had the pleasure to work have been supportive, creative, dedicated and passionate,” he said. “The Chamber is in excellent hands. I am grateful for the many opportunities I have had to mold the Chamber and influence the larger community in which it resides.”
Aside from his work to expand business and community involvement through the Chamber, Breisch is known as a writer and for getting people to ponder life through forums and seminars.
“I believe the art of all arts is the way we move through this thing we call life. It is clear that, for me, the journey of my life is in a new direction. This juncture is just one more brush stroke ... one more note,” his statement read.
“I have yet to discover what it is I need to give to the world,” Breisch said in an interview.
Breisch said he has no specific position or plans, but he would like to do more writing, speaking and seminars.
“I would like to have more time to figure out what my role is and what I have to give,” he said.
Breisch said he believes it is time for the Chamber to reinvent itself yet again.
“I am not sure I am the guy to do that,” he said. “This is the appropriate move for me now.”
Prior to his position as the Chamber’s CEO, Breisch was a business consultant. For 17 years he was known as Mr. Fourth of July for his work and fundraising for the annual Fourth of July fireworks display that draws thousands each year.
Breisch also founded and hosted the annual Batavia “Fourth of July American Dialogue” on the mornings of July 4 each year, which gave people an opportunity to share openly about issues locally and globally.
“That’s the kind of thing I would like to do more of, get people to think new and differently.”
Breisch said his departure is planned for the end of January to ensure the Chamber’s new website and the annual Citizen of the Year event will have been completed. Breisch said he plans to continue living in Batavia.