Craig Chamber Board names new board president

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Late last month, the Craig Chamber of Commerce Board found itself with an open board seat and no president due to the resignation of Jim Herschberg.

At its monthly meeting Thursday, the Chamber board began filling those two positions.

Vice president Mardi Anson was named president in a unanimous vote, and a nomination committee was formed to fill the open board position.

Anson was the only candidate nominated for president and won the position with a 9-0 vote. Board members Renee Campbell and Clay Russell were absent from the meeting.

Earlier this year, Anson declined the president’s position.

“I told them no because of our business, I have two little boys and I’m just really busy,” she said. “I didn’t feel like I had the time to devote to them.”

However, she said she felt more comfortable following Herschberg’s resignation because current board member Joe Bird, who was board president last year, would be helping her with the transition.

“Now that spring is here, I have a different outlook of ‘OK, I can do this,’” she said. “I probably should have done it from the get-go, but I was scared, I guess.”

Gail Severson nominated Anson, citing her experience as vice president, and other members were quick to second the nod.

“Mardi certainly is the most logical person to move up because she is vice chair,” Severson said.

Chamber executive director Christina Oxley joked that Anson has been preparing for the position.

“She spent some time in the gym, been boxing a whole lot,” Oxley said. “She’s ready for this.”

Anson’s promotion left the vice president position open.

RaChell Novacek nominated Jeff Smith for the position and Severson seconded. Smith was the only nominee and won with a 9-0 vote.

A nominating committee was named to look into filling the open board position.

Smith, Don Jones and Gene Bilodeau all volunteered to be on the committee and will come back with more information at the board’s April meeting.

During Thursday’s meeting, Oxley also presented ideas from the technology committee to the board.

She presented examples of interactive maps designed by Ohio-based Lunar Cow Design, Inc., which could be used on the Chamber’s website.

Oxley told board members that the maps page on the Chamber’s website is one of the most frequently visited parts of the site.

Using Lunar Cow’s design, the map would be fully customizable to indicate the location of businesses, recreational trails and game management units, as well as provide in-depth information when the locations are clicked.

Oxley said it would consolidate information on the site into one, easy to use map.

“We have the game management unit on our website, but we don’t have it where it overlays on a county road map or in relation to towns, landmarks, things like that,” Oxley said.

No official action was taken on the matter. Board members encouraged Oxley to learn whether something similar could be accomplished locally.

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