YOUNGSTOWN - Eric Planey, the Regional Chamber's vice president for International Business Attraction, is leaving the organization to take an international banking position in New York.
Planey plans to leave his Chamber post in mid-September in order to assume the position of vice president and client executive for the Leveraged Finance & Financial Sponsors Group for Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in New York.
Planey, who is a Youngstown native, said the decision to leave was difficult. He had returned to Youngstown in July 2009 from a banking career in New York to take over the new duties of attracting international business companies to the Mahoning Valley and helping local businesses grow in the export market.
In addition, Planey was heavily involved in the regional TechBelt Initiative, serving as co-chair, and was the Chamber's point person in working with the growing oil and gas industry and its supply chain.
Planey said Thursday he hopes to be able to continue to drive economic development leads back to his hometown of Youngstown from his new position in New York.
He and his wife will relocate to the city following the third annual Chamber-sponsored Youngstown Ohio Utica & Natural Gas, or Y.O.U.N.G. 2013, conference and expo planned for Sept. 11 to 13 at the Covelli Center in Youngstown. Planey has been very involved in planning and coordination of the large event in each of its three years here. Tom Humphries, the Chamber's president & CEO, said, "Eric has been a significant asset to the Chamber over the past four years. His work in international business attraction, the TechBelt and helping to grow the oil and gas supply chain has helped strengthen our Mahoning Valley economy. We wish him well in his new position in New York."