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Woodbury Chamber Closing in on Executive Director Hire

Travis Martinson stepped down down in late October.

The Woodbury Chamber of Commerce expects to have a new executive director hired by the end of the year.

After a field of nearly 30 candidates was winnowed to five, the final interview was conducted Friday, and a search committee will soon bring its recommendation to the chamber board, said Scott Carlson, Woodbury Chamber of Commerce treasurer.

In late October, Travis Martinson, the first executive director in the business group’s history, announced she was leaving to take a job with her Burnsville church.

        Related: Woodbury Chamber Executive Director Resigns

What are chamber officials looking for in a new executive director?

“Superman or Superwoman,” Carlson said.

There is a broad range of skills that the chamber is looking for in the new hire, he said, including being a good communicator, the ability to create connections, and having a good sense of the business, governmental and economic climate of Woodbury.

Since January 2011, when Martinson was hired, the chamber has grown dramatically, Carlson said. “We are a different chamber today.”

He said he wants whoever is hired to have strong leadership skills and be able to “take the chamber to a higher level.”

 

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