IABC Philadelphia Appoints 2011-2012 Board of Directors

July 7, 2011
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IABC Philadelphia Appoints 2011-2012 Board of Directors


Philadelphia, Pa., July 5, 2011 – IABC Philadelphia, the local chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), announced that Chris Lentz, ABC, has been appointed chapter president, and Chris Berger chapter vice president/president-elect, as part of its new leadership team for the 2011-2012 program year.

Lentz and Berger will oversee strategic direction, membership programming and education initiatives for the 200-plus-member trade group.

“IABC Philadelphia’s new leadership represents the organization’s strength – a combination of external and internal relations professionals working hand-in-glove to advance the communications practices of a diverse and growing membership,” says Tony DeFazio, outgoing president, IABC Philadelphia. DeFazio will join the IABC Heritage Region Board as director of communications. “In the past two years, I benefited from working closely with both Chris Lentz and Chris Berger on the IABC Board. Their skills in balancing the creation of communications programs to advance the interest of members with the poise and discipline to guide association management will serve members well. They have my full endorsement.”

Chris LentzLentz previously served as president-elect and vice president of marketing for IABC Philadelphia. In his new role, he will be responsible for the overall direction and programming for the organization. Lentz is currently internal communication leader at Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, NJ. Over his 10-year career, Lentz has managed communication efforts for a range of companies in the technology, customer service, financial services, and education fields. He is an accredited member of IABC, having earned the designation of Accredited Business Communicator (ABC). He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in communication at La Salle University.

Berger formerly served as vice president of public relations for IABC Philadelphia. Before moving to the Delaware Valley, he also served on the board for IABC Tulsa as vice president of communications. He is presently the marketing communications manager for Chatham Financial, headquartered in Kennett Square, Pa.  His 12-year professional career includes leading marketing communication departments in the retail, government, financial services, and education fields. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Oral Roberts University.

“We look forward to an exciting year for IABC Philadelphia,” says Lentz. “Our incoming board offers a great deal of experience in a wide variety of communication disciplines. We’re planning to draw from this pool to engage with chapter members, and to explore the many tools available to us as communication professionals today.”

In addition to Lentz and Berger, the board of directors for the 2011–12 year includes Mark Basla, vice president of finance; Elena Bucciarelli-Perri, vice president of programming; Jocelyn Canfield, ABC, vice president of social media; Tim Ernst, ABC, vice president of technology; Valeria Maltoni, ABC, vice president of marketing & PR; Taryn Robinson, vice president of volunteer recruitment & student programs; William Seiberlich, vice president of career development & jobs bank chair; Earl Whipple, vice president of membership; and at-large board members Janet Skidmore and Amy Blake.

About IABC Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) links communication professionals in the Delaware Valley. IABC Philadelphia provides members and guests a range of services, including professional development meetings and workshops, networking with peers, knowledge and resource sharing, job placement and accreditation. For more information, please visit http://philadelphia.iabc.com.

About IABC

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is a global network of communication professionals committed to improving organizational effectiveness through strategic communication. Established in 1970, IABC serves more than 15,000 members in over 90 countries. For more information, visit http://www.iabc.com.



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