James Dignan

As the President & CEO, James oversees the operational functions for the organization and initiates, leads and facilitates the overall strategic plan of economic development and member services issues and promotes and enhances the Chamber’s image throughout the service region.

As commander of the 910th Airlift Wing at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station from March 2013 to October 2016, James Dignan oversaw 16 units with more than 1,300 personnel; led operations and maintenance, providing support for nearly 2,000 assigned Air Force, Navy and Marine Reservists; and was the civilian leader for more than 400 Air Reserve Technician and civil service employees.

He served on the Regional Chamber’s Board of Directors in 2015 and 2016 and was instrumental in the creation of its Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission.