Friday, April 1, 2011

Turpin and Looper join the Chamber Board of Directors

The Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Ron Turpin and Eric Looper have joined its board of directors. The Chamber is excited to welcome both gentlemen to the board who will help the organization grow to meet the needs of the business community.

Ron Turpin is Vice President of Finance for Lincoln Financial Network. Prior to his current position, Turpin worked in Lincoln’s tax department as a Senior Tax Accountant and at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, providing compliance and consultation in tax issues for corporate and individual clients.

Turpin graduated Cum Laude from Indiana State University in Terre Haute with his bachelor’s degree in Pre-Law. He attended the Indiana University School of Law earning his Juris Doctor Degree.

"Ron will be a great asset to our board," said Pat Sullivan, Chamber board president. "His knowledge of finance and his dedication our community will benefit Chamber members during his board tenure."

Turpin holds his CPA license and is licensed to practice law in Indiana. He is FINRA licensed as a Financial Operations Principal (CFO). Turpin serves in a leadership capacity for his church and for Early Childhood Alliance as treasurer, and is the board chair of the United Way of Allen County. He and his wife have two children.

Eric Looper became the chief executive officer of St. Joseph Hospital last November. He comes to Fort Wayne from Oklahoma, where he served in several executive roles, including CEO of Henryetta Medical Center and most recently senior vice president at the 691-bed Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa.

"We are pleased to have Eric join our board," Sullivan said. "His unique perspective as a new Fort Wayne resident will provide invaluable insight to both the board and Chamber members."

Looper is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Rotary International and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the Downtown Improvement District. Looper received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Texas, Austin, and a master’s in healthcare administration from Trinity University in San Antonio. He and his wife have two children.

The Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving its membership of nearly 1,700 Northeast Indiana businesses. The Chamber serves as a catalyst for economic growth in Northeast Indiana by providing relevant business resources for our members and facilitating strategic connections across business, education, and government.

As the recognized voice of commerce in our region, we leverage our influence to advocate a pro-business agenda at the local, state and federal levels while serving as a government watchdog to keep our members informed of policy changes that will impact their businesses. By working in partnership with regional stakeholders, we will align the development efforts of our community to drive progress and promote economic vitality for Northeast Indiana.

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