TWINSBURG – When Allyson Tonozzi accepted the position of executive director of the Twinsburg Chamber of Commerce two months ago, she couldn’t have imagined she’d be taking the reins during a global pandemic.
" I don’t really know yet how a typical day, week or month should look, so it’s hard to predict where we’ll be even next month," Tonozzi said.
The biggest challenge so far, Tonozzi said, is "the urgent switch of focus from personal interactions, meetings, positive community events etc., to emails, virtual meetings, and urgent marketing campaigns designed to keep the community informed."
"I don’t have marketing or website content management experience, so this by far has been extremely time consuming and challenging," she said.
Tonozzi, who grew up in Chesterland, moved to Hudson in 2005. Her husband, Tom is a Regional Medical Sales representative, and his family lives in Pennsylvania. Her daughter, Camryn is 20, and will be a Junior at Miami University in the fall; and son, Cade, 17, will be a senior at Hudson High School in the coming school year.
Before working for the Chamber, Tonozzi said that she was a substitute teacher for Hudson City Schools since 2014. She also has volunteered with the schools since 2005. Other positions include serving as executive director for the Northern Ohio Branch of the International Dyslexia Association from 2007 to 2010.
Tonozzi said she had been looking for a new career for about a month when she saw the job posting for the executive director position on Indeed.com. She said she looked forward "to being able to get out in the community and meet our members."
"This part of my position was something I’ve had experience and success with, so I’m excited to get that going," she said. "I’m excited to be a part of this organization, and I’m grateful for my colleagues and the members of our board and who have been unbelievably helpful, patient and encouraging during this transition. I’m doing my best under the circumstances. Fingers crossed we can resume our program schedule soon."
When she isn’t working, Tonozzi said she loved to read.
"I’ve been going crazy with all the libraries closed," Tonozzi said. "Although I haven’t had a lot of downtime these last few weeks. I also love to walk with my 10 year old Golden Retriever, Ozzy, play golf and tennis, and spend time with my kids, if they’ll let me."
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