Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Hailey chamber hires new director

Heather LaMonica Deckard brings experience organizing events


By TONY EVANS
Express Staff Writer

Heather LaMonica Deckard, shown here on the front steps of the Hailey Chamber of Commerce office on Main Street, is the chamberís new executive director. Photo by David N. Seelig

Heather LaMonica Deckard, former Web marketing director for the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau, has been named executive director of the Hailey Chamber of Commerce, filling a position left open when Jim Spinelli resigned in October.

Deckard coordinated the annual Wagon Days event in Ketchum for seven years. Several years ago, she co-founded Sun Valley Events, an events coordinating company. She is a native of the Wood River Valley and holds a bachelor's degree from Boise State University.

"Heather has demonstrated, both on a professional and personal level, dedication to the Wood River Valley," new Hailey chamber board President Krista Gehrke stated in a news release. "The needs of our town and business community are growing and changing. We believe that Heather's experience will be a great asset as we enter a new decade."

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Gerhke replaces Lisa Emerick as board president this month.

"The Hailey chamber has a fantastic staff, board, volunteers and membership, all working together to set and meet goals," Deckard said. "I am pleased to have been invited to join them."

Tony Evans: tevans@mtexpress.com




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