Sheila Denstaedt has been promoted to vice president of the Troy Chamber of Commerce after more than a decade within the organization, most recently as director of business development. Denstaedt will begin the role April 26, replacing Jody House, who will take on the newly created director of finance role.
The chamber represents more than 650 businesses.
“Both Sheila and Jody have played key roles in the success of the chamber for many years, and we’re thrilled to recognize Sheila’s hard work with this well-deserved promotion and look forward to Jody’s contributions as finance director,” says Nelson Lagerbohm, board chairman of the chamber and first vice president and market manager of Flagstar Bank. “Our members can feel confident the chamber will continue to offer great benefits with both Sheila and Jody looking out for the members’ best interest.”
Denstaedt started with the chamber in June of 2010 as the director of member services. She was credited with consistently growing membership in that role.
Prior to joining the Chamber, she worked on developing and implementing educational and networking programs and special events for the Building Industry Association of Southeast Michigan for more than a decade. She also worked as the sales and marketing director for The Capital Grille and in nonprofit development with the American Lung Association.
“I am looking forward to the new role because it will allow me additional opportunities to interact with members,” says Denstaedt. “This will give me time to really focus on meeting our members’ needs through new programs and benefits that can benefit their business.”
House started with the Troy chamber in January 1999 as a sales manager before being promoted to vice president in 2001. She has worked alongside four different presidents through the chamber’s history.
She says she is excited to take on this new, part-time role so she can stay engaged while having more time for family.
“After 23 years at the chamber, I’m excited to see what’s next for me and what’s next for the chamber,” says House. “I’ll be stepping back but not stepping away, so I can spend more time with my grandchildren, enjoying my lake home and my new puppies.”
Tara Tomcsik-Husak, president and CEO of the Troy chamber, says she is excited to see the two in these new roles.
“This promotion is well-deserved, and I cannot wait to see what her leadership will bring to the Troy chamber,” says Tomcsik-Husak. “It brings me great joy in knowing that our members will continue to thrive with Jody and Sheila in their new roles.”