Stacy Ziarko to lead Sterling Heights chamber

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published September 13, 2019

 Stacy Ziarko

Stacy Ziarko

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STERLING HEIGHTS — Stacy Ziarko’s years of activity in the Sterling Heights community put her in contact with the former heads of the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce: Lil Adams, Wayne Oehmke and Melanie Davis.

Now the 38-year-old Sterling Heights resident and daughter of City Councilwoman Barbara Ziarko will be following in their footsteps by becoming the chamber’s next president and CEO.

“It’s an exciting group to be part of,” Ziarko said.

On Sept. 23, Ziarko will serve her first day in the new role. The appointment was necessary after Davis, the chamber’s previous leader, switched jobs over the summer to become Sterling Heights’ community relations director.

According to the chamber, the president and CEO runs the organization, events and programming. She also is responsible for growing membership and burnishing the chamber’s brand and reputation.

According to the chamber, Ziarko is a longtime Sterling Heights resident who has a community presence. She sits on two city boards, the Arts Commission and the Library Board of Trustees. She also has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton.

Ziarko will be entering her new position with more than 15 years of previous nonprofit experience, particularly with fundraising, advocacy and strategic planning.

This experience includes working for 12 years at the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she was a regional development manager. Her most recent job involved working for The Heat and Warmth Fund as its development director.

She said one difference between this job and her past ones is that she won’t be soliciting donations or asking for sponsorships this time.

“I’ve spent most of my career in nonprofit, building relationships and building connections, and I think that will help me be successful at the chamber,” she said.

Ziarko said she hopes to start her role by meeting the members and hearing what they hope to get out of the chamber, in order to recruit new members and retain existing ones.

While she still is learning the chamber’s needs, she said she is excited to work with staff and engage with chamber members at events.

“I’m always really passionate about having a cause and something to rally behind,” she said. “It’s really having that common goal and getting people to achieve that common goal.”

Davis, the previous chamber head, said she has known Ziarko since 2016 through the latter’s activity with the Arts Commission.

Davis said the president/CEO position requires someone with knowledge about development, plus someone who is friendly and engaging — “and that’s Stacy.”

“I’m very, very excited to be working with her in her new role for a lot of reasons,” Davis said. “But I can say that they made a really wonderful choice. Because not only does she have the skill set to really advance that organization ... but she also has the right personality and charisma to move that organization forward.”

Find out more about the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce by visiting www.shrcci.com or calling (586) 731-5400.

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