We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill

Trying something new…

Sean Kessler | Executive Director

Happy New Year! It’s only my first week on the job and I am filled with pride to be the new Executive Director of the German Village Society. Such history. So many wonderful businesses. So many wonderful people. So many wonderful events. What’s not to fall in love with!?

I come to you from another great organization – the Greater Columbus Arts Council – where I led the Columbus Arts Festival since 2017. During my time with the Arts Festival, I was focused on showcasing local businesses and organizations as well as leading some of the best volunteers on the planet. Those two values stay with me at GVS. The civic pride that I see from the various volunteer committees that are already involved is inspiring. If you are not already volunteering for GVS, I challenge you to try something new and to reach out and inquire about the many committees we have and how you can participate. I guarantee you will find one that fits your interests.

During the next several weeks, my goal is to hit the bricks (literally) and meet as many residents and business owners/managers as I possibly can. If you see me walking around the Village and I have not met you yet, please stop me and introduce yourself. I would love to hear from you and learn what you love about the neighborhood and more importantly, what you think we can do better in the neighborhood (I cannot promise that I can fix all the things, but I’ll make sure to listen to you and do what I can).

I look forward to serving you and this historic community. Can’t wait to see what’s next for all of us in the coming year!

~ Sean

January 5, 2023