Georgia woman named head of OBX Chamber
She will take office Oct. 1, replacing John Bone, who retired after serving with the organization for 29 years.
Brown brings 10 years of Chamber of Commerce experience, including more than three years as the president/CEO of the Pike County, Ga. Chamber of Commerce and executive director of the Development Authority of Pike County.
She also has more than seven years of experience as a senior executive-level team member of the Bonita Springs, Fla., Chamber of Commerce.
“It has been a pleasure getting to know Karen and we are very delighted to have her join our organization,” said Chamber Board Chair and Search Committee Member Robin Mann. “Her professionalism and charismatic personality coupled with her knowledge, organizational skills, experience, and passion for the small business community will be a great addition to our organization.”
Brown is a 2005 graduate of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Organization Management program as well as a graduate of the Oklahoma University Economic Development Institute.
Brown holds a bachelor of science degree in business management from Western Governors University, and she is pursuing her MBA in management and strategy.
Prior to her time with Chambers, she was a supervising claim approver with Prudential/Aetna Healthcare. Brown was raised in southern coastal New Jersey and still has family in that area.
Brown will be formally introduced to the Chamber membership at the Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner Oct. 11 at the Ramada Plaza in Kill Devil Hills.
Brown says she is excited about this new venture and being part of the Outer Banks community. She also looks forward to working with the staff and membership.
“The Outer Banks is truly a special place; being on the ocean and enjoying the quality of life that comes along with this setting greatly appeals to every one of my senses,” said Brown.
“The Chamber’s commitment to the community and its members is evident. I enjoyed meeting the Board of Directors and the staff. You all are wonderful ambassadors for not only the chamber but also the entire Outer Banks area. Becoming a part of the future of the area is something I am excited to embrace.”
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