MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced today that Jason Pizatella has been named the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 1, 2016. Pizatella succeeds Dan Kimble and most recently served as Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s liaison to the State Legislature, Deputy Chief of Staff, and Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Administration.
“Jason certainly has the experience necessary to serve as the Chamber’s next President and, more importantly, possesses the vision and foresight needed to help lead our organization during a period of dynamic growth. On behalf of the entire Board, we are excited to welcome him back to the Morgantown community”, said Kelly Kimble, Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors.
A lifelong West Virginian and native of Fairmont, Pizatella graduated from West Virginia University and the West Virginia University College of Law. Before serving in state government, he practiced law in Charleston where he represented clients in an array of corporate and business law matters.
“I am honored and humbled to serve as the next President of the Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is a strong advocate for businesses and I look forward to serving as the voice of that effort”, said Pizatella. “The greater Morgantown area will only be stronger when our members work together with business leaders, educational institutions, elected officials, community partners, and others to continue to build upon our current economic success.”
Pizatella is the former Chairman of the State’s Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council and currently serves as a member of the Water Development Authority and West Virginia Board of Law Examiners.
A graduate of Leadership West Virginia, West Virginia Executive Magazine recently named Pizatella as a 2015 Young Gun and the national Council of State Governments recognized him as a Henry Toll Fellow, one of the country’s premier leadership development programs for state government leaders.
Pizatella will begin work at the Chamber July 18, 2016.