2017-12-31 / Insight

Imlay City Chamber hires director, event coordinator

BY NICHOLAS PUGLIESE
810-452-2601 • npugliese@mihomepaper.com


Along with new event coordinator Shannon Hamel, the Imlay City Chamber of Commerce hired Teresa Gormley (pictured) as their new executive director earlier this month. Gormley and Hamel will work side-by-side to increase Chamber membership and community involvement in 2018. 
Photo by Nicholas Pugliese Along with new event coordinator Shannon Hamel, the Imlay City Chamber of Commerce hired Teresa Gormley (pictured) as their new executive director earlier this month. Gormley and Hamel will work side-by-side to increase Chamber membership and community involvement in 2018. Photo by Nicholas Pugliese IMLAY CITY – The Imlay City Chamber of Commerce had a job vacancy following the resignation of the former executive director in late summer, and as a result opted to split the position into two separate roles, which were filled this year.

Formerly, both positions were combined into one role as executive director of the ICCC, which posed a problem in practice, said member of ICCC leadership Rob Mette in October.

“The reason behind (separating the roles) was it’s supposed to be a part-time job, but the two parts are on opposite shifts,” said Mette. “We decided to split it into two with the executive director job bringing value to the membership and the event coordinator job running the various event committees and putting on events.”

In October, the Chamber hired on two Imlay City residents and familiar faces, Melissa Anglebrandt as executive director and Shannon Hamel as event coordinator, with both new hires installed in an official capacity on Tuesday, Oct. 24.

Hamel has taken on the task of organizing the several events throughout the year in which the Chamber is involved, including Merchant Trick or Treat, the Winter Playground, and perhaps the most significant, the upcoming Michigan Busker Festival.

Shortly after Anglebrandt’s hiring, she announced her resignation citing scheduling conflicts. Anglebrandt currently serves as administrative assistant to Imlay City Chief of Police Scott Pike.

Angelbrandt was followed by Teresa Gormley, who the Chamber hired as executive director last month. Gormley, who will start officially after the holidays, is also currently employed as the Arcadia Township secretary, a position that she has held since 2005. Though she hasn’t officially begun her duties as executive director, she’s already hitting the ground running, working with Chamber event coordinator Shannon Hamel to get acclimated to her new role.

Gormley said after her hire her focus will be growing and maintaining the Chamber’s membership while incorporating the Chamber in community events.

“The big thing will be increasing Chamber membership and growth and build our community,” she said last month. “I’m looking forward to meeting the people of Imlay City and making the Chamber the stellar entity it can be.”

The Imlay City Chamber of Commerce office is located in the City Office Building at 150 N Main Street. Office hours for the Chamber are Tuesdays 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Wednesday-Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. The Chamber can be reached during office hours at 810-724-1361 or by emailing executivedirector@imlaycitymich.com

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