Danielle Lynch, the new interim executive director for the Greater Redmond Chamber of Commerce is hoping to “create a new energy within the chamber,” she said Tuesday.
“I am eager to make some positive changes …” she said. “We are currently working on our annual Golf Tournament and Galleria on the Green in August and it is sure to be a fun event.”
Lynch, the director of finance for the chamber for the last three years, was named the new interim leader for the organization, board of directors chairman Tom Martin announced Monday.
Martin said in her time with the chamber, Lynch has been active with the day-to-day finances and has been integral to the chamber’s gala and golf tournament, one of the chamber’s biggest fundraisers of the year.
“I am fully confident of her ability to serve in this interim role,” Martin said.
Lynch, who has been receiving training toward her certification for chamber management, replaced former CEO and president Chris Hoffmann, who stepped down last month.
Lynch is currently training with the Western Association of Chamber Executives (WACE) and “if all goes as expected,” she will receive her Accredited Chamber Executive (ACE) designation by February of 2013.
Lynch’s appointment comes at a time when chamber board members continue to work with the Redmond Economic Development Alliance (REDA) and Realize Redmond to create a shared vision for Redmond and improve the city’s economic vitality and livability.
The chamber intends to coordinate its fundraising activities and evaluate what structures make sense among the organizations, including possible sharing of resources.
This collaboration will influence the timeline and structure for the hiring of the new permanent executive director, Martin said.
“This coordination will inform how we continue our filling of the permanent executive director position,” Martin said.
Lynch said the interim period could last up to six months.