The Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce has named a new director on the heels of current director Kaitlin Adkins’ announcement of leaving.
Salemburg resident Allie Strickland, who will begin in her new position next month, will work with the Chamber’s members and business community to ensure increased quality of life and growth of those businesses.
“I am truly honored to take on this challenge of executive director to help promote businesses large and small throughout Sampson County,” Strickland said about her new position.
Originally from Chatham County, Strickland has worked in dentistry for several years, but has decided to pursue her passion of building relationships and community development by changing career paths. As the only child to a small business owner, Strickland says she learned early the importance of supporting local businesses, as well as the hard work that it takes for a business to succeed.
Chuck Spell, current Chamber president, said the Chamber and Sampson County’s business community are fortunate to have Strickland working to grow their business.
“The board is very excited to have Allison Strickland joining us as our new executive director of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce,” Spell said about the announcement. “She brings a passion for civic related event planning, community and business relationships and growth.”
Most recently, Strickland worked with the town of Roseboro in creating and executing their first annual downtown festival, BloomFest. The purpose of BloomFest was to promote economic growth in the community.
“I’m proud to say it was a huge success,” Strickland attested.
“She was the leading force in the very successful BloomFest in Roseboro earlier this year and we want to bring this level of enthusiasm and involvement to the Chamber and to the entire county through her leadership,” he added.
Strickland has worked with the North Carolina GOP Senate Caucus fundraising, event planning and educating voters. Through her energetic personality, she says she can’t wait to get out into the community to meet the current Chamber members and work to recruit new members.
“It is my goal as executive director to further engage all areas of the county and increase participation in the Chamber,” Strickland shared. “Our county has so many wonderful businesses to offer our residents, state and beyond. The Chamber of Commerce organization is a huge asset to those businesses and I would love to see more people take advantage of the opportunities it has to offer.”
According to Spell, growth and increased participation is exactly what the board is looking for the new director to accomplish.
“We want to have a very active Chamber and one important factor in that is our ambassador program,” Spell explained. “The ambassadors do a wonderful job as the face of the Chamber and we as a board want to see this continue and increase in participation. Our mission statement is ‘to be dedicated to the economic growth of Sampson County, a healthy business community and an outstanding quality of life.’ We are confident that Allison will be the driving force behind our mission and will find ways to advance the Chamber to the next level.“
Strickland and husband Clint, who is a native of Sampson County, have lived in Sampson County for seven years. They have two daughters, Carter and Murray Miles.
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