Chris Singerling was hired as the Director in July 2020. In 2007, he worked for the Associated Builders and Contractors as Senior Director of Political Affairs in Washington, DC. While working for ABC, he directed a $4 million political operation of 21,000-member trade association, was the liaison to two national committees consisting of construction executives from across the country, and developed and implemented TV, radio, and digital advocacy campaigns. To be closer to his family, Chris moved to Ohio from Virginia. In June 2019, he worked as the Operations Manager for the Orchard Bar & Table in Catawba Island. Chris possesses a strong background in strategic planning, public policy, and has a passion for economic development. He has been at the crossroads of economic development for 20 years developing partnerships, establishing programs at national and local levels, representing employers of all sizes and proven success in leading collaborative initiatives. He focuses on new business development, retention and expansion efforts, along with working with area partners to develop new strategies on how strengthen and grow Ottawa County. Chris currently sits on the Global Leadership Summit Task Force, the Cultural Arts Center Steering Committee, Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands Board, and the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council.
During his personal time, Chris enjoys playing golf, boating on Lake Erie and enjoying all that Ottawa County has to offer. He is an avid yogi and runner. He is a Michigander and resides in Catawba Island with his wife, Jessica, and their miniature labradoodle, Penny.
1: Random Fact: I was Bat Boy for the Chicago White Sox on August 1, 1983 against the New York Yankees
2: First Job: Grounds maintenance crew for golf course
3: Favorite Place to Visit: British Virgin Islands (a little warmer in January and limited cell phone service)