Strawberry Festival manager to step down

TROY — She helped coordinate the city of Troy’s future leaders as well as manage the city’s largest festival, and now Troy Strawberry Festival Manager Corie Schweser will be helping raise funds to fight cancer in the region.

On Thursday, Schweser announced she will be taking a new position as Community Development Manager for the American Cancer Society. Her resignation will be effective Sept. 21.

Schweser said she appreciated all the hard work of volunteers and non-profits to be able to leave on a high note with record non-profit sales. Schweser has been a volunteer and involved in the Strawberry Festival for nearly two decades.

Schweser said, “When you hear the wonderful things the non-profits do with the money they earned at the festival, you know you are doing a really good job.”

Schweser has also served as the coordinator of the Leadership Troy Program.

“Every single session has been changed and updated and with breadth — it’s been remarkable,” Schweser said. “Seeing the 22 participants, engaged with the speakers and asking questions at the sessions, and reading how they’ve learned something they never knew about Miami County or Troy and seeing what they accomplish makes me like a proud mama. Seeing them be the strong leaders that we’ve nurtured them to be and paying it forward as they go out in the community, that to me, is special.”

Schweser said she was proud of the “40 Years in 40 Minutes” film for the 2016 festival’s 40th anniversary, which won an international festival award. Other awards included the festival being recognized as the 2017 Best Food Festival in Ohio and the Best Festival in the Dayton Region for the second year in a row during her time at the helm.

“The decision to leave was a difficult one for me. There have been many positive changes that have occurred during my tenure as the festival’s business manager. It has truly been a pleasure working alongside the many volunteers, the Troy Chamber and City staff in making this Festival strong and vibrant, Schweser said in a press release.

“I am excited about my new career path with the American Cancer Society and their mission. I am extremely proud of what has been accomplished during my engagement with the Festival and the Leadership Troy Program and I promise to stay entrenched in the community.”

The Troy Chamber of Commerce will post the festival manager and Leadership Cordinator position following Schweser’s departure. The position will be posted on the TroyCareerConnect website at

“On behalf of the Troy Strawberry Festival Board, the Troy Chamber Board and Corie’s co-workers here at the Chamber, we wish her the very best in her new position with the American Cancer Society,” said J.C. Wallace, president of the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce.

“She has been an excellent manager and co-worker and has accomplished many important things for the Troy community. The 2017 Troy Strawberry Festival generated over $380,000 for the not-for-profit organizations in Miami County, probably the best year ever, so Corie’s contributions will continue on through their activities.”

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Schweser to take position with American Cancer Society

By Melanie Yingst

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