The St. Helena Chamber of Commerce has chosen a new CEO/president, but her name won’t be released until Chamber members are notified sometime within the next few days.
There’s still some last-minute paperwork necessary to complete the hiring process, said Marcus Marquez, president of the Chamber board of directors. He indicated that the new CEO/president is a woman, and will probably start on Oct. 18.
The new hire will replace Pam Simpson, who resigned in August. During her six years as Chamber president, the Chamber moved its Welcome Center and expanded its marketing efforts on behalf of the city and its businesses.
The Chamber also became more politically active, endorsing City Council candidates and advocating for various local issues. It most recently promoted the creation of a Property Based Improvement District (PBID) that split the City Council and drew criticism from some residents.
“I think (the new CEO) is going to have a good rapport with all sides of St. Helena because she’s focused more on the members than advocacy,” Marquez said.