The Carmi Chamber of Commerce presented their new slate of officers to the city Monday Oct. 1 at the 68th annual Dinner held at the VFW.
The Carmi Chamber of Commerce presented their new slate of officers to the city Monday Oct. 1 at the 68th annual Dinner held at the VFW. Several new faces will now be involved with promoting and furthering the city in its efforts to increase business and representing the overall landscape of the community in creating a better quality of life for its residents.
New officers for the 2012-2013 year include Doug Devore, president, Clint Taylor, vice president, Debbie Hoskins, first vice president and Andy Acord, treasurer. Acord was selected for a spot on the board of directors because he was the highest vote getter for new directors nominated to the board, a tradition with the Chamber. Acord is joined by David Healy, Jack Martin, James Cook and Andy Gee as new board members. Others serving on the board include Thys Bax, Jeff Bohleber, David Templeton, Brent Edwards, Keith Botsch, Sheryl Woodham, Bethany Scates and Ashley Kosikowski.
The board was introduced by Glenn Coleman, outgoing executive director of the Chamber who is leaving to pursue several business ventures in Carmi, including a soon to open bed and breakfast facility on Main Cross Street in the former Webb-Hay House. Coleman is succeeded by Ashleigh Knight as executive director of the Chamber of Commerce.
Other members of the Chamber in ex-officio status include Mayor David Port, Dr. Jonah Rice and Sandra Irvine.
Coleman also thanked directors that are completing their terms on the board. Those directors include Nikki Farny-Edwards, Sherry Gholson, Kevin Kays and Chris Myers. Coleman also recognized past presidents of the Chamber with more than one dozen of those in attendance for the dinner.
In addition to directors, Coleman also welcomed new members of the Chamber in 2012. Those businesses joining the organization in the past year include The Berry Basket, H & R Block, Consumer Gas, HLS Medical, Security Group Finance, Orlando Florida Theme Park, Carmi Fox Theater, Clear Pro Choice, Haley Production, Rector-Haley Printing, Sign Spot Graphics, Southern Illinois Custom Aerial, Plum Street Pharmacy and Sears Carmi.
Coleman completed his service to the Chamber by thanking both Paula Pierson and David Port, his predecessors as executive directors of the Chamber. He pointed out the accomplishments the Chamber had made over the past four years while he was involved with the office, including the launch of several new programs such as "It's a White County Christmas," the "Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund" advancement and the upcoming banner program for street lamps in the city. Coleman said the organization continued to serve and pointed out, "they can accomplish so much more by working together to nurture existing businesses and instill growth in the community."
"I've enjoyed my time with the Chamber," said Coleman. "Now, I will join you as a business owner right here in town. You've shown me inclusion and for that, I thank you."
Coleman introduced Ashleigh Knight to the crowd as his successor, who in turn sparked excitement into the crowd with her youthful enthusiasm as the new executive director of the Chamber.
The three-plus hour evening was presented to a packed house. The Carmi White County High School Lady Bulldog Softball team provided the service of meals to tables and guests were urged to "tip their waitress" upon exiting the event.