Jones to lead Estacada Chamber of Commerce
The Estacada Chamber of Commerce began the year with new leadership.
Previous vice president Michele Jones has succeeded Brent Dodrill as the organization's president. Dodrill will remain on the Chamber's Board of Directors.
Jones is the marketing and sales manager for Reliance Connects and has served on the Estacada Chamber of Commerce's board for three years.
"I'm so proud to be part of the Chamber. We're continuing to grow and are financially stable," she said, adding that she appreciates the group's relationship with the city. "As there's more economic development, that dovetails with the Chamber."
Jones is also eager to continue supporting tourism in Estacada.
"With the tourism side of the Chamber, the sky's the limit. Supporting businesses and tourism go hand in hand," she said.
Dodrill, who is pastor of Estacada First Baptist Church and previously served as the city's mayor, appreciated working in a new area of leadership.
"I enjoyed working with different people in the community and getting to know more businesses," he said.
For Dodrill, one of the most meaningful events during his tenure as the Chamber's leader was the community recognition ceremony.
"It has happened in the past, but we wanted to bring it up to a different level, and make it a really high quality, fun event. It's important to recognize people in our community that do so much, both businesses and individuals."
He added that expanding the Chamber's staff to hire executive director Christina Richartz in 2019 was another benefit.
"One of the best things we've done is hire Christina. In our 10-year business plan for the Chamber, one of the pieces was to have an executive director. In the short time she's been here, she's done a great job," he said.
Last year, the Chamber gained more than 30 mem-
"I'm encouraged by that. People see the Chamber as an entity that benefits them. We're always looking for new ways to market both new and existing members," Dodrill said.
Jones looks forward to serving the community and continued collaboration with Dodrill. She noted that they previously worked together as mayor and city council president.
"Our personalities are suited for each other for working on goals, and being sounding boards," she said.
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