Coviello Named President of Regional Chamber Foundation

Oct 05, 2018
The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber is pleased to announce the promotion of Guy Coviello to president of the Regional Chamber Foundation.

The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber is pleased to announce the promotion of Guy Coviello to president of the Regional Chamber Foundation.

In this role, Coviello will oversee all facets of the 501(c)(3)-exempted supporting organization for the Regional Chamber. The Foundation has a long tradition of supporting many of the Valley’s most prosperous economic development activities, from steel and automotive projects to energy exploration and advanced manufacturing enterprises. In recent years, the Foundation has built support to launch new programming in the areas of workforce development, commercial corridor upgrades and military affairs.

President & CEO of the Regional Chamber James Dignan said, “As the Foundation president, Guy will play a direct role in securing significant revenue, while actively identifying new business opportunities. As a member of the Regional Chamber’s Senior Leadership Team, the Foundation president is responsible for leading a development program that consists of three major efforts: development operations, individual giving (including a robust digital program) and corporate giving.”

Coviello will also work to ensure that the organization is well positioned in a rapidly evolving and competitive environment, with strategies clearly understood by all stakeholders, and that the Foundation achieves strategic goals. He joined the Regional Chamber in 2014 as vice president of Government Affairs, working to advocate at the federal, state and local levels for issues that are important to the Valley’s business community and advising Chamber members on government and legislative issues that affect their companies or local communities.

Coviello spearheaded the Chamber’s successful Columbus Drive-In and Washington, D.C. Fly-In events this year and brought a strong contingent of our Valley’s business and elected leaders to both capitols to ensure our voice on significant matters was heard. In 2016, he also took the reins on the Regional Chamber’s Victory for the Valley campaign, raising more than $300,000 to attract economic development site consultants, obtain more than $1.5 million in earned media and engage national leaders on critical public policy issues. The campaign won a prestigious marketing award from the Mid-America Economic Development Council.

Ohio Governor John Kasich appointed the Liberty Township resident to the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission earlier this year for a term that began on March 22 and will end June 30, 2023.

Coviello previously served on the Tri-State Shale Coalition’s Transportation and Infrastructure Working Group, which was created through a memorandum of understanding between the governors of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The Working Group is spearheading the effort to develop a $10 billion natural gas liquids storage hub that would lead to more than 100,000 new jobs in plastics and petrochemicals.

In 2017, he was named to the Campaign for America’s Energy Ohio Steering Committee, as well as a partner in an Ohio Chamber of Commerce Research Foundation project that resulted in the report, “Ohio BOLD: A Blueprint for Accelerating the Innovation Economy.”

Prior to joining the Chamber, Coviello was editor at The Tribune Chronicle, where he worked for nearly 30 years in various positions. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Youngstown State University. He and wife Denise have four children, all adopted from Brazil.