CEP Announces Two New Hires

Posted on: August 25, 2017

Ocala/ Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership (CEP), community is pleased to announce the addition of two new employees. Joe Reichel as Director of Main Street and Keren Sewell as Director of Communications. Reichel and Sewell join a talented team working to keep Marion County businesses moving forward. 

Reichel manages The Ocala Main Program Street and will work with existing small and medium businesses. He has lived in Ocala 21 years. He has been active in the community since 2010 and served four years as a co- chair of the CEP ambassador committee. As the Director of Ocala Main Street he will implement and run programs that focus on The Main Street Four Point Approach: Economic Vitality, Design, Promotion and Organization within the downtown area. His goal is getting companies engaged in the community and working with downtown businesses in an effort to see them thrive.

“I’m excited to work with everyone in our business community to create a vibrant and thriving downtown that’s inviting to all,” said Reichel.

Sewell assumes the lead role in communication efforts both within and outside the organization. While an undergraduate, she was elected as the president of UCF’s chapter of the National Association of Black Journalist. The biggest highlight of her career was interviewing with former first lady of Egypt Jehan Sadat. She comes to CEP with over 10 years of experience as a freelance journalist, and her main goal is to help CEP communicate mission initiatives.

“I would like to help the CEP continue to improve attraction for the community and businesses by creating a voice through different mediums,” said Sewell.


The Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership was created to be a one-stop hub for the community’s business attraction, creation and retention efforts. The CEP’s mission is to be THE catalyst for a prosperous community. The Moving Forward plan seeks to impact the creation of 4500 new jobs with wages 15% above the county average and resulting in a capital investment of $400 million by 2022.

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