Ohio Chamber Employee Spotlight: Kathy Eshelman

Kathy Eshelman, Vice President, Membership

Kathy Eshelman is one of our newest team members at the Ohio Chamber of Commerce having been here just six months. Prior to joining our staff, Kathy was a small business owner for 26 years. She brings that business experience with her as she serves as Vice President of Membership. Kathy, her husband Jack and daughter Betsy live in Dublin. Kathy is a proud graduate of the University of Texas and holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism. She is also a graduate of the Jo Ann Davidson Leadership Institute and serves on their board of directors.

Get to know Kathy in the fourth installment of our Employee Spotlight.

10 Random Questions for Kathy

  1. Do you have any pets? We did have a series of red betta fish.  My daughter named them Ruby, Ruby 1, Ruby 2, Ruby 3,  etc.  Then we got a blue one and she still named it Ruby 4.  They are all buried in our backyard.
  2. Where did you grow up? Pasadena, Texas (a suburb of Houston)
  3. What (3) websites do you visit most? SalesForce, Twitter, FaceBook
  4. What do you do when you are not working? Teach WERQ, an aerobics class, be with my family,  have fun with my girlfriends or spend time with my daughter at Pure International Pageants (last year we were both Miss Ohio for our age divisions).
  5. What is your favorite quote?  “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined.”      Henry David Thoreau
  6. Are you afraid of anything? Gaining weight back after losing 100 pounds.
  7. If we asked your family & close friends to describe you in one word, what do you think they would say? “Gregarious”
  8. Do you have a secret family recipe? If so, what for?   Cornbread Dressing, Chocolate Meringue Pie, Pecan Pie and  Texas Sheet Cake.
  9. Career Highlight? Appointment to the National Women’s Business Council, Advisors to the President, Congress and the SBA and starting a business at age 25 and grew it to a $1MM business.
  10. Tell us one thing that most people don’t know about you.   Marched in the University of Texas Longhorn Band and honored to represent state of Texas in the Inaugural Parade of President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H. W. Bush.  The band stayed in the Quantico Marine barracks and flew to D.C. in an orange Braniff airplane.