West Seattle Chamber of Commerce announces new CEO Lynn Dennis and new board, chaired by Nancy Woodland

January 9, 2014 at 10:44 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 7 Comments

(WSB photo added 5:24 pm: New Chamber CEO Lynn Dennis with past chair =Dave Montoure)
The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce has just announced its new board lineup and its newly hired CEO, successor to longtime leader Patti Mullen, who left two years ago. Here’s the announcement from the Chamber’s new chair Nancy Woodland:

Today the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Lynn Dennis as its full-time Chief Executive Officer.

The Chamber of Commerce is the leading advocate for the business community in West Seattle, connecting business owners, providing networking and educational resource opportunities and supporting the vibrancy of the diverse local business community.

“The CEO is the first person many new employers, business owners, developers, citizens and legislators contact when investigating the many economic strengths of our region. Lynn has exactly the right skill set to represent the Chamber as we continue to move forward to provide even more value to our members and the West Seattle community,” says Nancy Woodland, 2014 Chamber Board Chair.

Ms. Dennis served for the past year in an interim capacity, with the Chamber, focused on strengthening the Chamber’s infrastructure, establishing systems and setting the stage for future growth. She comes with more than 30 years’ experience in management positions with expertise in strategic planning, operations management, marketing, community outreach and systems implementation. As Ms. Dennis moves into the role of CEO, Mary Cropley will continue as the Chamber’s part-time Financial Manager.

“The Chamber is a sought-after voice with local government, community leadership.and our local business community,” shares Dave Montoure, immediate Past Board Chair. “Lynn’s experience as both a small business owner and in corporate management strengthens the voice of our local Chamber. We know we are in good hands as we work towards bolstering our engagement with local businesses, government and the greater West Seattle community. ”

In addition, the Chamber announces its 2014 Board of Directors and Executive Officers

Officers

Chair: Nancy Woodland – WestSide Baby [WSB file photo at left]
1st Vice Chair: Hamilton Gardiner – Holmquist & Gardiner
Treasurer: Ryan Letson – Jackson, Morgan & Hunt
Secretary: Paul Prentice – Prentice Design
Past Chair: Dave Montoure – West 5

Directors

Wendy Damoth – Flower Lab
Sally del Fierro – Port of Seattle
Patrick Jablonski – Nucor Steel
Dana Perreault – Red 27 Engraving
Michael Pivar – Cornerstone Financial Group
Elizabeth Pluhta – South Seattle Community College
Trish Throop – Eldercare Consulting

To learn more about your West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, please contact Lynn Dennis, CEO at lynn@wschamber.com or call 206-932-5685. The Chamber’s next After-Hours event is at the Fast Signs Grand Opening on Thursday, January 16, and the 2014 Member Annual Meeting luncheon will be Thursday, January 30 (location TBD).

7 Comments

  1. WOOHOO! GO LYNN!
    Lynn is awesome! I worked with her for part of my internship back in high school and she was amazing. Good luck!!

    Comment by Melissa — 1:01 pm January 9, 2014 #

  2. a photo would be nice

    Comment by Diane — 2:11 pm January 9, 2014 #

  3. they didn’t have one; we are taking one later today when people are available.

    Comment by WSB — 3:38 pm January 9, 2014 #

  4. So happy to have Lynn on board–she is great!

    Comment by Anne — 4:35 pm January 9, 2014 #

  5. thanks; I’ve never heard of her, so nice to see what she looks like if I see her around the hood

    Comment by Diane — 6:11 pm January 9, 2014 #

  6. Dave,

    Congrats on a fine tenure. As you leave your position, please underscore to Lynn and Nancy that citizens have a right to poster announcements in the junction. Musicians, artists, poets, activists, writers, thespians, garage sale hunters and owners of lost kitties thank you in advance for this courtesy.

    Much obliged!

    Comment by every w.s. musician and artist — 11:17 pm January 9, 2014 #

  7. Lynn is SUCH a fantastic leader! Congratulations to Lynn and hang on to your hats – Lynn will keep the Chamber rockin’ forward! Warmest regards to the Board and a real thumbs up on your selection!
    Patti Sue

    Comment by Patti Mullen — 7:22 am January 10, 2014 #

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