AUBURN — The DeKalb Chamber Partnership announced Wednesday morning at its Business Before Breakfast that Shannon Carpenter has been named interim executive director.
Carpenter formerly served as the chamber’s executive director from 2013-2015. She has remained actively engaged as a contractor providing marketing and design services.
Carpenter will begin her role as interim executive director on Monday. She said she returns to the chamber ready to dive in and continue the great vision the organization has been working towards under previous directors.
“While I stepped down from my leadership role, I never truly left the chamber. I merely took a back seat,” Carpenter said in a news release. “It is an honor to be resuming my duties and working with our great board of directors to bring stability and continuity to this organization. Together, we hope to build a strong foundation from which the chamber can continue to grow for decades to come.”
The DeKalb Chamber Partnership board of directors has 15 seats representing more than 200 member businesses, schools and nonprofits. The executive search team was made up of executive committee members, board members and past chamber leaders.
“For many years, Shannon has demonstrated to the organization she can excel in the marketing and administrative requirements of the role,” said chamber board President Chris Webb of FXI. “This opportunity will now enable Shannon to also directly connect and communicate with our membership and community to enrich business, expand on strategic partnerships and further develop a culture of continual learning in DeKalb County. Shannon is already very engaged with our programs and community needs. We are confident she will be immediate positive impact in assisting our members in accomplishing their goals.”
Longtime staff member Terry Rayle said he is optimistic about Carpenter’s return.
“Shannon's return to the executive director's position should help solidify our board and staff,” Rayle said. “Her extensive skill set and enthusiasm will help the chamber to meet its mission of connecting businesses, community and education.”
In addition to her history with the DeKalb Chamber Partnership, Carpenter has provided marketing, graphic design and web design services to clients throughout Steuben and DeKalb counties. She worked as general manager at the Brokaw Movie House in Angola during its historic restoration.
Carpenter serves as president of the Policy Council for Vistula Headstart and attends SonLight Community Church. She resides in Angola with her husband, Nicholas, and three daughters, Annabelle, Aliana and Adalyn. They enjoy summer days at Eckhart Park in Auburn and attending community events around the region.