Bucyrus Chamber leader celebrates milestone


By Kimberly Gasuras - Galion Inquirer



Deb Pinion is celebrating 20 years as the Executive Director of the Bucyrus Area Chamber of Commerce.


By Kimberly Gasuras

Galion Inquirer

Deb Pinion is celebrating 20 years as the Executive Director of the Bucyrus Area Chamber of Commerce.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/38/2015/07/web1_333418_439739436081933_1711121658_o.jpgDeb Pinion is celebrating 20 years as the Executive Director of the Bucyrus Area Chamber of Commerce.

BUCYRUS – Deb Pinion enjoys her job as the Executive Director of the Bucyrus Area Chamber of Commerce so much that she didn’t realize it is has been 20 years since she began her career.

“Many times, I look at the clock in the afternoon and it will be 2:15 p.m. and I am hungry. I am so involved in what I am doing, I forget that it was lunchtime,” Pinion said.

Pinion said she applied for the position at the urging of Walt Joseph.

“He told me I should apply since I was already very involved in the community,” Pinion said.

Pinion said she made the decision to apply in hopes she could make the community better and has achieved too many goals to count during her time at the helm of one of the most important agencies in town.

“The murals are what I am most proud of. Those are my babies but it was a joint effort that would not have been achieved without the financial help from so many along with many volunteers,” Pinion said of the Liberty and Crossroads murals that were created by world-renown artist Eric Grohe.

Pinion reflected on a moment that happened several years ago on a Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m.

“The Today Show called and said they would be filming on the square the next morning and to have tons of people there. It was during the Bratwurst Festival, which is why they were coming to film, and I was in the parade that evening. We all held up signs that said that the Today Show was filming and to be on the square the next morning,” Pinion said.

The next day, Pinion said she held her breath as she rounded the corner to Washington Square in front of the Pelican House.

“The first thing I saw was the big satellite dish from the show. I knew then it was not a prank and that everyone came out for a reason,” Pinion said with a laugh.

Pinion works hard to bring business into the city and said she was excited when U.S. 30 was completed to make it easier for industries and travelers alike.

Pinion said she will work in her position as director for at least another 18 to 24 months.

“I really enjoy what I do. I love every minute of it,” Pinion said.

For more information, contact the Bucyrus Area Chamber of Commerce at 419-562-4811 or visit http://bucyrusohio.com.