Walters New Chairman of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

On Wednesday, May 8, Jeff Walters, a Managing Director in the Northeast Ohio offices of CBIZ MHM, LLC was installed as the new Chairman of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Walters will serve a two-year term as the chairman of the Ohio Chamber’s 66-member board.

Walters has been involved in the Ohio Chamber since the 1980s when he first attended a meeting of the Ohio Small Business Council (OSBC) a committee of the Ohio Chamber, and was asked to become a member of that group representing businesses in the Canton area. In 2000 he was asked to serve as the OSBC chair which then led to a seat on the Ohio Chamber’s Board of Directors. His service on the Ohio Chamber’s Board of Directors also includes leadership roles of executive committee member, treasurer, nominating committee chair and chairman-elect.

“I’ve enjoyed having an influence on the issues and pieces of legislation that the chamber has been involved with,” Walters said. “Having a voice in these matters is where it begins, and I really want to continue the success the chamber has achieved for the last 125 years.”

Walters serves as a managing director in the Northeast Ohio offices of CBIZ MHM, LLC, one of the nation’s leading providers of accounting, tax, and business advisory services.  His practice includes providing tax, consulting, merger & acquisition, succession planning, and other business advisory services to closely-held businesses.  He has assisted numerous companies in seeking investment capital, tax incentives and financing alternatives.  Walters has over 35 years of experience in working with entrepreneurial businesses including start-up, developmental stage, and growth companies.

Besides being involved in the Ohio Chamber, Walters taken leadership roles in a number of business and charitable organizations and is active in promoting taxation and business issues through advocacy roles in organizations such as the Greater Akron Chamber and Greater Cleveland Partnership.  He serves on the College of Business Advancement Council for the University of Akron and the Board of Directors for a number of organizations including the Greater Akron Chamber and Stark State College. 

“Jeff’s leadership roles here at the Ohio Chamber have prepared him well to take over as our chairman,” said President and CEO of the Ohio Chamber Andrew E. Doehrel. “His understanding of business issues combined with his advocacy work will be of great benefit to our organization and the members that we serve.”

Jeff received both his B.S. in Accounting and Masters in Taxation from the University of Akron and his Juris Doctor from the University of Akron School of Law.  He is also a member of the Ohio Society of CPAs, Institute of Management Accountants, American Institute of CPAs, Ohio State Bar Association, and Akron Bar Association.