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Faces and Places

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Kristin Beltzer has rejoined the Lansing (Mich.) Regional Chamber of Commerce as executive vice president and chief marketing officer. She previously worked for the chamber from 2007-14. In her new role, Beltzer will oversee the business development, marketing, communications and event activities of the organization.

Lynn Allen Cione, executive director of the Goshen, N.Y., Chamber of Commerce since 2008, was recently named president of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce. Cione succeeded Dr. John A. D’Ambrosio, who was the Orange County Chamber president for the past 33 years.

Trish McFarland is the new president of the Delaware County, Pa., Chamber of Commerce. McFarland was previously the chamber’s vice president.

Jason E. Camis has been named the new president and CEO of the Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce in Kansas. A former small-business owner and startup co-founder, Camis has 15 years of nonprofit management experience, seven with chambers of commerce. Camis most recently led the Paola Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the board of the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Kansas and will complete his IOM certification in 2015.

Reading-North Reading, Mass., Chamber of Commerce President Lisa DeLeo recently presented Lisa Egan as the chamber’s new executive director. Prior to joining the chamber, Egan owned her own freelance editing and instructional design business.

The Greater Owensboro, Ky., Chamber of Commerce named Candance Brake as its new president and CEO. Brake was most recently executive director of the Green River Area Community Foundation in Owensboro.  She served as an Owensboro City Commissioner from 2004-10, and previously was an executive vice-president of the chamber.

The Fayette (Ga.) Chamber of Commerce named Carlotta Ungaro, CCE, as its new president and CEO. Ungaro comes to the chamber from the Morrisville (N.C.) Chamber where she served as its president since 2011.  Ungaro has worked in the industry for 18 years primarily in governmental affairs and economic development. She replaces Virginia Gibbs, who retired in December after 10 years as the chamber’s president and CEO.

Clay Ingram, a member of the Florida House of Representatives since 2010, became president and CEO of the Greater Pensacola Chamber in January. A football player and a graduate of Florida State University, Ingram was a member of the undefeated 1999 national championship team.

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced two staff promotions: Kim McLaughlin was promoted to vice president of member and community enrichment. Latricia Trice was promoted to vice president of marketing and communications.

Tammy Long has joined the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry as Director of the Missouri Chamber Federation. Long has extensive chamber experience. She served as president of the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau for more than 19 years.

Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce recently selected Kevin O’Reilly as the chamber’s new executive director. O’Reilly, who is past chairman of the chamber, brings 20 years of senior public and corporate experience including founding and operating a successful government and public relations firm, Creative Strategies and Communications.

The Greater Pensacola Chamber recently hired Todd Thomson, who will serve as the organization’s executive director of public affairs. Thomson, who has over 20 years of experience in Florida politics and government, will be spearheading the Greater Pensacola Chamber’s new government advocacy effort.

Robert Watts recently joined the Austin Chamber of Commerce to lead its membership development, events, and sales efforts of the 3,000 member business advocacy/economic development organization. Watts was executive vice president of the San Marcos (Texas) Chamber from 2009-2014 and president/CEO of the Hillsboro (Texas) Chamber from 2007-2009.

Mike Schlossberg’s first book, Tweets and Consequences: 60 Social Media Disasters and How You Can Avoid a Career-Ending Mistake, is available on Amazon. Schlossberg, a Pennsylvania State Repersentative, previously worked for the Greater Lehigh Valley, Pa., Chamber of Commerce where he created and operated the chamber’s social media presence. Schlossberg recently was a presenter for an ACCE webinar on social media for chambers of commerce.

Steve Van Dorn joined the California Chamber of Commerce as corporate affairs manager for the Silicon Valley/Bay Area. Since 2002, Van Dorn had been president/CEO of the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce & Convention-Visitors Bureau.

In Memoriam

Charles F. Herd, who led the Louisville Chamber of Commerce, the predecessor of Greater Louisville Inc., for nearly two decades starting in the mid-1960s, died Jan. 9, at age 93. Prior to his time in Louisville, Herd was CEO of the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce. In his retirement, according to his obituary, Herd was appointed to the Senior Executive Service Corps of the U.S. Chamber, through which he helped nearly 100 state and local chambers in the accreditation process.

Former ACCE Chairman Bill Mitchell died Jan. 14. A legend in the chamber world, Mitchell retired as manager of the local chamber services department at the U.S. Chamber. He managed chambers in Gainesville, Fla., Macon, Ga., and Jackson, Miss.

Brendon Jean Payne, president of the Colleyville Area, Texas, Chamber of Commerce, died March 2. He was 47. With 25 years of experience in chamber work, he came to Colleyville in December having previously served as the president/CEO of the Greenville (Texas) Chamber of Commerce, executive director of the Northwest Tarrant Chamber in Lake Worth, Texas, and president of the Saginaw (Texas) Area Chamber of Commerce.

Michaelena “Mickie” Taylor, vice president of government affairs at the Broken Arrow, Okla., Chamber of Commerce died in a car accident on Dec. 16. According to a statement from the chamber, “Her ability to connect with elected and other community leaders was unrivaled and played an undeniable role in helping facilitate a number of economic development initiatives during her time with the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce.”

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