Meet The Staff

  • Ben Vollrath

    Ben Vollrath, President and CEO

    Ben Vollrath assumed the role of President of the Logan County Chamber of Commerce in August of 2018 with the task of advancing the economic development efforts of the community.  Ben earned his Bachelor's degree from Wheaton College in Chicago Illinois and his MBA from Capital University in Columbus.  In 2018 he received his designation as a Certified Economic Developer by the International Economic Development Council.  A native of Marysville, Ben, his wife Jacey and their 3 kids are now proud Bellefontaine residents.

  • Lydia Hess

    Lydia Hess, Chamber Director

    Lydia Hess joined the Chamber as its Member & Visitor Services Coordinator in November of 2018. A current resident of Urbana, Lydia grew up on her family's farm outside Degraff. She is a graduate of Graham High School in St. Paris and The Ohio State University. Lydia previously spent time working for the GrandWorks Foundation, the organization spearheading the renovation of Urbana's historic Gloria Theatre, as well as the Champaign County Chamber. She lives a few blocks from downtown Urbana with her husband Charlie and dog Murphy.

  • Emily Walters

    Emily Walters, Visitors Bureau Director

    Born in Logan County, Emily Walters graduated from Waynesfield-Goshen High School and recently graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Public Relations. Emily grew up and still lives in Huntsville and has many ties to Logan County. She grew up spending time at Indian Lake but has visited all parts of Logan County. Emily enjoys spending time exploring different trails throughout the community with her dog Murphy.

  • Rick Gildow

    Rick Gildow, Economic Development

    Rick Gildow is retired from The Ohio State University as Director Transportation Research Center and President Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC). During a 36 plus year career at TRC he held various management position with the last 21 years as President. He received an undergraduate Bachelor of Business Administration degree from University of Findlay and a graduate Master of Business Administration degree from The Ohio State University. He served 18 years as a councilman for the City of Bellefontaine. He served on the Board of Directors of the Logan County Chamber of Commerce and is a past Chair. He currently serves on Board of Directors of the Mary Rutan Health Association and the Board of Directors of Mary Rutan Hospital with assignments to its Executive, Audit and Finance Committee. He also is serving on the Board of Directors of the Logan County Landmark Preservation Inc., The Greater Logan County Community Improvement Corporation serving as its Chair for the past 16 years, the Bellefontaine Finance and Development Authority serving as its Chair for the past three years and the Board of Directors of the Bellefontaine Boosters Club, Inc. serving as its Treasurer for the past 22 years.