Monroe chamber has 2 leaders

  • Sun May 16th, 2010 9:55pm
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By Andy Rathbun

Herald Writer

MONROE — The Monroe Chamber of Commerce decided two heads will be better than one to tackle looming challenges.

During the economic downturn, the business organization lost about 50 members. Now it has to replace its popular executive director, Neil Watkins, who has taken a position leading the Sky Valley Food Bank.

Rather than install a single new leader, the organization will split the duties between two chamber veterans.

Kim Probst, the chamber’s administrative assistant, will become operations manager, bringing her four years of experience to the handling of the chamber’s internal operations.

Meanwhile, Marcee Kerns, a seven-year chamber volunteer, will take care of outreach as membership development manager.

Watkins is training both women before departing. “They’re both well-suited,” he said.

Probst and Kerns know they have their work cut out for them. The chamber is down to about 330 members, and the women want to recover the lost numbers.

“We’re still facing a recession,” Probst said.

Still, neither sound daunted by the task.

“I’m excited,” Kerns said. “I’m going to put my best foot forward.”

Andy Rathbun: 425-339-3455; arathbun@heraldnet.com.