President’s Award

Beth Schweitzer receives TSEP President’s Award

Winners named during TSEP Annual Meeting

TSEP President and CEO David Zak presents Beth Schweitzer with the President’s Award during the 2021 Annual Meeting June 3, 2021.

TIFFIN, OHIO – June 30, 2021 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is proud to have honored Beth Schweitzer with the President’s Award during the 2021 Annual Meeting June 3, 2021.

Schweitzer led the Seneca County General Health District, beginning May 1, 2014, and retired April 30. As Health Commissioner, she saw Seneca County through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“When an elected official or elected leader takes office, you always think about the different disasters you’re going to have to deal with. I don’t think any of us, especially our health commissioner, though that we would deal with a worldwide pandemic,” said Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz.

“I think the important thing about Beth, is that she was able to walk the line between protecting the public health interest and protecting the economic interests of the businesses so that it would be safe, but also that it would get started and up and running as soon as it was prudent to do so,” said David Zak, President and CEO of Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership.

As well as working with elected officials and community leaders, Schweitzer helped to explain the situation in the county during regular updates using social media and by answering phone calls with leaders and small businesses.

“Coming onboard as the Executive Director of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce in the middle of a pandemic, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. So many small businesses were asking me questions about the number of visitors they could have in their shops, about the number of attendees they could have at events – a lot of small business had a lot of questions. When I didn’t know the answer, I always went to Beth,” said Bryce Riggs, Executive Director of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services.

“She was the right person at the right time. We were never hesitant to take Beth’s advice,” said Seneca County Board of Commissioners President Mike Kerschner.

Montz said he was especially grateful to Schweitzer for her willingness to work with the State of Ohio to obtain a waiver to allow businesses to stay open by appointment only, which he credited as saving a lot of retailers, especially in Downtown Tiffin.

“Beth was so willing to go above and beyond and figure out a way to make things work in a safe and effective manner,” Montz said.

Schweitzer was replaced by Anne Goon, who served as health commissioner in other locations and has consulted with Ohio State University and with health departments helping them through the accreditation process.

Dan Barbee, President Mercy Health Rural Division Hospitals, including Tiffin, Willard and Defiance, was only able to work with Schweitzer for about a year, but he said he knew they would hit it off, both coming from a nursing background. Barbee said he will miss her in the role locally.

“You were wonderful to work with, with myself and my crew, and we wish you the very best in retirement,” he said.

The statements of congratulations were echoed by other members of the community.

“From the mayor’s office and everyone at City Hall, congratulations on the President’s Award. We are really going to miss your presence at the health department,” Montz said.

“Beth, you deserve the award because you are one of the reasons we were able to achieve really strong economic development success, nationally-leading economic development success, and on behalf of the board and the team of TSEP and the entire community, thank you,” Zak said.

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About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.tiffinseneca.org.

Lynn Detterman recipient of President’s Award at 2020 TSEP Annual Meeting

Lynn Detterman (left) poses for a picture with David Zak, president and CEO of Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, during the 2020 Annual Meeting Feb. 27.

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 14, 2020 – As she finished her tenure as chair of the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership Board, Lynn Detterman, president, Mercy Health – Toledo Rural Market, was recognized during the 2020 Annual Meeting with the President’s Award.

In June 2002, Detterman decided to leave her job at a major accounting firm in Cleveland and joined the Mercy Health – Willard Hospital, eventually becoming president and CEO after overseeing the construction of Willard’s new hospital.

In 2013, she became president and CEO of Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital and then Mercy Health – Defiance Hospital in 2016.

Detterman has been involved with Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, and previously Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp., since joining the Seneca County community. She took on the role of president of the board of SIEDC in 2018.

“She’s helped us navigate different people’s passions, different people’s opinions, different people’s ideas for what’s best for this community within the context of this organization,” said David Zak, president and CEO of Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership. “She’s able to communicate respect for other people’s opinion, and navigate the discussion in such a way that we end up with a result and end up still unified in our purpose to promote economic and community development and we’re also focused on our mission.”

Detterman’s role at TSEP and in Seneca County has been recognized by members of the TSEP board.

“We’re so fortunate in this community to have people like Lynn Detterman serving in those roles and adding value to the community for the great things she does,” said Andy Felter, president and CEO of Webster Industries and member of the TSEP executive board.

Rob Huntington, president of Heidelberg University and former SIEDC chair, said he has been lucky to be able to partner and collaborate with Detterman, who joined the Heidelberg Board of Trustees in 2016.

“What is her leadership and management grounded on? It’s grounded on a set of core values, Christian belief, her compassion for other people, her caring that she gives to so many people around her, her natural ability to collaborate — all those things come together and form the foundation for why she is a very strong and effective leader and person in the community,” said Huntington, who also received the award in 2016.

Dean Keller, president of First National Bank of Sycamore, was vice chair of the TSEP board under Detterman and thanked her for her guidance as he transitions to her seat.

“Working with Lynn on the board of TSEP, I’ve always been struck by her outstanding leadership abilities and communication skills,” he said.

Zak said he’s been fortunate to work with Detterman and appreciates the feedback and advice that she has provided in her time as president.

“This President’s Award is just a way of saying ‘thank you’ to Lynn, for helping lead this organization through a really dynamic period of growth and change,” he said.


About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.tiffinseneca.org.

2018 SIEDC Award winners

SIEDC AwardThe SIEDC Awards are presented each year at the SIEDC Annual Meeting to recognize businesses and individuals in the Tiffin and Seneca County community. Not every award is given each year, only when the Membership & Events Committee and/or the president or chairperson deem a company or individual deserving of the particular recognition.

This year, the following seven awards were presented. Click the links below for additional information and a video about each award winner.