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After lengthy search, Scott Parker will take over position full time at end of August.

The Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce has a new executive director.Parker

Scott Parker was appointed by the Chamber's board of directors in early August to take over leadership of the group, one which plays a key role in business throughout the Chehalem Valley.

After a process that included multiple candidates and a nationwide search to find someone best suited for the position, Parker received the nod.

"For the last eight years, Parker served as the executive director of the Friends of the Chief Foundation/Friends of Yampa Valley Arts in Steamboat Springs, Colorado," a release said. "In his position with Friends of the Chief Foundation/Friends of Yampa Valley Arts, Parker worked with local businesses leaders to sponsor, market and co-promote events, collaborated with over 30 different nonprofit organizations each year for a variety of events and fundraisers and led the nonprofit organization to economic health.

"His efforts were rewarded with the Navigator Award for 'Business of the Year' by the Steamboat Chamber and the Steamboat Pilot Newspaper. Parker has a vast amount of leadership training and has served as a corporate leadership trainer to provide education to businesses on teamwork, goal setting and creating a positive work environment."

Parker will take on the role of executive director beginning in late August. Prior to that, the Chamber was led temporarily by Josh Duder, who helped conduct the search for a full-time executive director. Duder assumed the role after former executive director Shannon Buckmaster resigned in August 2020 to take a post at the city of Newberg as its first-ever economic health manager.


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