New Zionsville Chamber Director Brings Experience and Excitement to the Table

Writer / Matt Keating
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Mike Hanlon, the new executive director of the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce, has a wealth of work experience he will be able to draw upon in his new position.Zionsville Chamber of Commerce

“Before joining the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce, I served as the executive director of USO Indiana, a nonprofit committed to strengthening America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country throughout their service,” Hanlon says.

During his seven years with the USO Indiana organization, Hanlon managed daily operations, led fundraising efforts as development director, and established strong relationships across Indiana.

“My career has been defined by a commitment to making an enduring positive impact by working closely with board members, donors and key leaders to advance nonprofit missions,” he says. “My educational background includes a Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, and a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from Northwestern University. As a Certified Fund-Raising Executive, I bring a strong leadership presence and expertise in fundraising strategies and operations.”

Hanlon already has a vision for the future.

“As the newly appointed executive director of the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce, I am committed to fostering a nurturing business environment,” he says. “By building collaborative relationships with key organizations and advocating for our members, we will continue the success of adding to economic development and growing a strong, vibrant business community.”

The Zionsville Chamber of Commerce now has nearly 500 active members in Zionsville and the surrounding communities.

“Guided by the board, we will set ambitious objectives and implement strategic plans that drive membership growth,” Hanlon says. “I will lead by example, personally engaging with chamber members and nonmembers alike, championing their interests and advocating for their needs. Through direct interactions and meaningful conversations, we will expand our footprint and ensure the chamber remains a valuable resource for all.”

Hanlon adds that the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce plays a vital role in providing a platform for business owners to help each other through collaboration, support and networking within the local business community.

“Through its various initiatives and programs, the chamber fosters an environment where businesses can connect, share resources and grow together,” he says. “For example, the chamber routinely organizes networking events and business forums that bring entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals together. These gatherings provide opportunities for individuals to exchange ideas, forge partnerships and build relationships.”

“By actively engaging with the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce, business owners in Zionsville and the surrounding Boone County communities can leverage these benefits to help each other grow, thrive and contribute to a robust local business community,” Hanlon adds.

Hanlon treasures the Zionsville community.

“Zionsville strikes the right balance between preserving its small-town, picturesque charm and embracing innovation, making it the perfect place for businesses to thrive and succeed,” he says. “In addition, the community provides easy access to major transportation routes connecting the town to other regional markets. Beyond the business advantages, Zionsville offers an outstanding quality of life with top-rated schools, safe neighborhoods, and a range of recreational and cultural amenities.”

Zionsville Chamber of CommerceHanlon lives in Zionsville with his family.

“I have lived in Zionsville for nearly 15 years,” he says. “My wife and I have two wonderful children that attend Zionsville schools. We love the town’s charm that feels like a scene out of a Norman Rockwell painting.”

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