Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce Hires Two Directors.

Shared leadership model expected to enhance membership value and increase advocacy efforts.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  June 13, 2018 – Hermantown, MN:  The Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce announces the hiring of two new directors as part of a strategic effort to provide continued advocacy, and enhanced member services, under a new model of collaborative leadership.

 Ann Robertson was hired as the Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce’s Director of Membership and Marketing.  In this capacity, she will lead new member recruitment and retention efforts for the chamber as well as support member driven programming and engagement.  Robertson was most recently the Director of Membership Development and Marketing Sales Director at the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce, a role she held for eight years.  She has also served as Membership Director for Northland Country Club and Marketing Director for the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra.  Robertson holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in English from the University of Minnesota Duluth.  Ann, a long-time Northland resident, spends her spare time working as a health and fitness advocate at various community centers.  She instructs senior yoga at the Duluth Blue Cross Blue Shield Retail Center and is a group fitness instructor at the Duluth YMCA in both its Downtown and Woodland Community Center locations.

Kim Parmeter was hired as the Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce’s Director of Communications and Member Events.  In this capacity, she will lead communications efforts for the chamber, plan and execute chamber events, and oversee financial and administrative operations for the organization.  She has served as executive director of a variety of local nonprofits including the March of Dimes and Lake Superior College Foundation and has served as a member on area boards.  Parmeter is also a nonprofit consultant specializing in board development, feasibility studies, campaign management, public relations and organizational change.   Parmeter holds a Masters of Business Administration from Bethel University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of Minnesota Duluth.   She is a 2014 Graduate of Leadership Duluth and resides with her family in Midway Township.

Robertson and Parmeter work collaboratively for the chamber in a new model where they co-direct all chamber activities.  “We are very excited to put this dynamic team together;” said Topher Davis, 2018 Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce Board President.  “With their collective depth of experience and knowledge of business in the Northland, we are looking forward to great things ahead for the chamber and our members.”

 The staff also includes Intern Nicole Sorensen, an accounting major at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

About the Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Hermantown Area Chamber of Commerce is to promote and energize the business community and enhance opportunities for success.  The Chamber serves as the primary advocate for business growth in the Hermantown area business community and working as partners with government and education. To join the Hermantown Area Chamber visit www.hermantownchamber.com.


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