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Posted: March 20, 2019

Chamber installs new president and directors

The Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce held its annual general meeting and election of directors today, Wednesday, March 20.

The AGM, held at the Heritage Inn and Conference Centre, held as part of the chamber’s monthly luncheon, also included a presentation from Columbia Basin Trust Board Chair Rick Jensen and President/CEO Johnny Strilaeff.

After a year of transition at the Cranbrook Chamber, which saw the appointment of its new Executive Director Kristin Parsons, the board’s outgoing President Wes Rogers expressed his gratitude to his fellow board members and the chamber staff for “going above and beyond” to ensure the chamber ran smoothly during the transition period.

Wes Rogers, left, receives a gift for his services from incoming chamber president Jason Fast.

Elected to serve a one-year term

President – Jason Fast – East Kootenay Community Credit Union;

Vice-President – Christine Hoechsmann – The Bedroom Furniture Gallery;

Past President – Wesley Rogers – Rella Paolini & Rogers;

Treasurer – David Stypula – Stypula Financial Group, CIBC Wood Gundy.

Directors elected to a two-year term – ending March 31, 2021

Ryan Gibbard – McElhanney Consulting Services;

Kerstin Renner, WorkBC;

Ryan Wilhelm, Alpine Toyota;

Kate Dergousoff, KD Consulting .

“It is exciting to see some new faces joining the board this year,” said Kristin Parsons. “There is a diverse cross section of the business community represented on the chamber board and this is great for our members as more of their voices are represented.”

In his inaugural speech, incoming president Jason Fast thanked outgoing President Wes Rogers for his “fantastic leadership through the chamber’s transition” and welcomed new board members to what he referred to as a “strong board.”

“I am very excited for the year ahead, it is going to be a very busy year. We are committed to continuing to increase our member engagement and to being the voice for business,” Fast stated.

Lead image: City of Cranbrook Acting Mayor Mike Peabody swore in the new Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce President and executive directors today (March 20). Pictured from left: Mike Peabody, Kerstin Renner, Kate Dergousoff, Jason Fast (President 2019), Ryan Wilhelm and past president Wes Rogers.  Photos by Carrie Schafer and Ian Cobb/e-KNOW


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