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Chamber welcomes intern from OU

By The Herald Staff | 6/17/2013

The Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce is cultivating local talent in hiring an Ottawa University student.

As part of a summer internship program, the chamber welcomed 2011 Ottawa High School graduate Kevin Tyner, who now is a junior at OU.

The Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce is cultivating local talent in hiring an Ottawa University student.

As part of a summer internship program, the chamber welcomed 2011 Ottawa High School graduate Kevin Tyner, who now is a junior at OU.

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work with the Ottawa chamber,” Tyner, a pre-med student majoring in biology, said. “They are working on a lot of really cool projects that I am thrilled to be a part of. I aim to help the chamber in any way that I can.”

Tyner, the son of Dennis Tyner, OU vice president and provost, will help the chamber increase communication with its members and provide a stronger connection between the community and the university, according to a release.

“The Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to offer this opportunity to an Ottawa University student,” John Coen, president and CEO of the chamber, said. “The chamber board approved the position at their last board meeting, and we were happy to have a student of Kevin’s caliber apply. The chamber is working on several new projects this summer including a new Ottawa Business Journal to be published quarterly, as well as an iPhone-, Android- and web-based application, which will allow our members to communicate quickly and efficiently with consumers using smartphones.”

The new intern position will continue from June until classes at OU resume in the fall semester.

Pam Harris, a chairperson with the chamber, said a young mind often stimulates creative ingenuity in an organization.

“Student interns bring a fresh perspective and innovative ideas and exude a contagious level of energy and excitement to staff, customers and business community as a whole,” Harris said. “Kevin will be a great addition for our chamber this summer. An internship program is an often overlooked, untapped resource among businesses. At the Ottawa chamber, we are offering a hands-on experience in a variety of areas, such as writing, database management, web page maintenance, communications and event preparation. Kevin will be able to network with colleagues and demonstrate his skills and abilities. We see this as a very positive opportunity for growing leadership and mentoring young professionals and encourage all members to welcome him.”

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