The Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism announced on their website Thursday that Brad Meier will return as president and CEO of the chamber.

Meier served in that post from 2005-13 when he departed for the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce in the Twin Cities. Before 2005, Meier was the executive director of the River Falls Chamber of Commerce. He resumes his duties in Owatonna on October 24. Jennifer Libby, who succeeded Meier, stepped down in July to accept a position at an Owatonna business.

Board members indicate in the announcement, "His talents, leadership and proved track record will be a critical asset as we continue to drive forward the mission of the Chamber which is dedicated to the prosperity our member businesses and the vitality of the area."

Meier continued to live in Owatonna while working with the TwinWest chamber. The announcement from the Owatonna chamber continued, "Brad, his wife Heidi, and their five children are strongly committed to the Owatonna community."