Chamber names president

GLOVERSVILLE – The interim president of the newly merged Fulton and Montgomery county chambers of commerce has been named president and CEO after a nationwide search.

Mark Kilmer has served as interim president of the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce since September.

In a news release, chamber Board of Directors Co-Chairwoman Terri Easterly said of Kilmer’s appointment, “Mark has shown exceptional dedication and commitment through his tenure as our chamber’s interim president. He has been instrumental in helping the Board of Directors, the chamber staff and our members through the legal process of merging the two organizations into one entity.”

Brennen Parker, co-chairman of the chamber board, said in the release, “We are confident Mark and his team of Becky Dutcher, Michele Marotta, Sharon Jenkins, Shelley DiBlasio, Jen Georgelos, Gina DaBiere-Gibbs and Michele Marzullo will take this new organization to the regional level our members are striving for.”

The recruiting process for a new chamber president included a nationwide search led by a Search Committee.

Kilmer stated in the release, “One of my priorities over the next few months will be to develop a two- to three-year strategic plan for the chamber. I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to build, along with chamber staff and the Board of Directors, the best business organization in the region supporting our members and their businesses. I look forward to taking this chamber into a new era, providing our business community with an even stronger voice, and helping our region become stronger economically and more business-friendly.”

Kilmer had been involved with the Fulton County Chamber for more than two decades.

His community service includes serving as vice xhairman of the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth and a voard member of the Crossroads Incubator Corp. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Mountain Valley Hospice and the Gloversville Economic Development Corp., and is president of the Fulton County Mineral Club and vice president of the Capital District Mineral Club. He is chief karate instructor at the Fulton County YMCA/Kai Do San Sport Karate.

Kilmer is a resident of Johnstown and an alumnus of Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

Kilmer will be formally introduced to the chamber membership at the chamber’s annual dinner Jan. 18 at St. Mary’s Institute in Amsterdam, the news release said.

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