The Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce is losing its most senior employee.
Linda Foster, vice president for member services for the past nine years, will leave May 21 to become the executive director of Family Connections.
“Linda facilitated the Leadership Jackson program for the past five years, organized and directed the annual awards banquet, STAR and Teacher of the Year, Jackson Derby, Chamber golf tournament, Partners in Education, Taste of Jackson and Woman of the Year Luncheon,” noted an announcement on the chamber’s Web site. “She also facilitated programs and committees of the chamber, such as, Education Committee, Women in Business, chamber breakfast, Tourism Development Council, Drug Free Workplace seminars.”
The chamber will host a drop-in farewell reception for Foster from 3:30 to 5:30 on Tuesday, May 21, at the chamber office.
“I wish the chamber the very best and will be close by to help as much as possible and will remain an active member in my new role,” Foster said. “I love this chamber and always have and always will believe in its mission. It is just time for me to have a new role and I am glad I can remain local and can (hopefully) continue to make a difference in Jackson County.”
Meanwhile, Nikki Adams, former executive director of Family Connections, has been named executive director of the Forsyth County Community Connection.
Foster is the third key chamber official to leave in the past year. Former president Shane Short resigned in August, and Courtney Bernardi, the chamber’s director of economic development, resigned effective April 12 to take a job in Newton County. Neither has yet been replaced, but the chamber has combined those positions in the hopes of attracting more applicants for the president’s job.
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