Chamber searching for next leader

By Chris Berendt -



As the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce brings another successful year to a close, it is now searching for the leader who will help ensure 2016 is just as fruitful.

In a recent email to Chamber members, Alison Carr, president of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce, announced the resignations of the Chamber’s administrative staffers.

“It is with regret that I announce the resignation of both our current executive director, Laura Deans, and our administrative assistant, Megan Henry,” Carr stated in an email sent out to Chamber members. “Both Laura and Megan have been with us for a brief time, but have assisted in maintaining the Chamber as an organization dedicated to promoting the economic growth of Sampson County. We wish both of these young ladies the very best in their future endeavors.”

A Sampson County native, Deans began as the Chamber’s executive director at the beginning of June.

“I knew that I wanted to move back to the community that graciously gave so much to me as a young child,” Deans said at the time. She had recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a degree in Business Administration.

Upon graduation, she said she “excitingly accepted” the position as the Chamber’s executive director and moved back home to Sampson.

Carr said the several months that Deans gave to the job were part of a successful year, even if it was one that has been a bit in flux.

“This year has been one of great transition within our Chamber offices,” noted Carr, saying that the Board of Directors wish to extend their heartfelt thanks to Chamber members for their patience and assistance. “Despite the constant change we have faced, our Chamber has continued to strengthen and grow with over 425 business and individual members, Business After Hours networking opportunities, Monday morning Member of the Week gatherings, new member ribbon cuttings and the continuation of our signature projects and façade/capital equipment grant program.”

She said Chamber officials were similarly thrilled with the success of the Young Professionals of Sampson County organization, which was founded in June.

“While the months of December and January will likely be somewhat out of the ordinary with a lack of staff members, I can assure you that our dedicated group of volunteers that comprise our Board of Directors and Ambassador program will continue to work diligently for you,” Carr told members in her correspondence.

The Chamber Coat Closet is underway throughout the month of November and the Clinton Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12. The Chamber will assist in ringing in 2016 with the Multicultural Committee’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Jan. 18.

She said the search for a new executive leader was in the works.

“In the coming weeks, the Chamber Board of Directors will be working to recruit a new, enthusiastic executive director and administrative assistant to efficiently serve our members and continue our mission of maintaining a healthy business community,” she said.

Qualified individuals are invited to submit their resumes to or P.O. Box 2185, Clinton, N.C. 28329.

Reach Managing Editor Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

By Chris Berendt



Reach Managing Editor Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

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