Chamber announces new director

Wendy Hill, of Parkersburg, is now serving as the executive director of the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, which not only has a new leader, but a new location.

ELKINS — Big changes are coming to the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, as leaders have announced both a new executive director and a location change.

Wendy Hill, of Parkersburg, recently was hired to lead the organization, bringing nearly 20 years of valuable experience to her new position. Her office and the Chamber’s new business location will be at the Randolph County Development Authority and Wood Technology Center building at 10 Eleventh St. in Elkins.

Hill said she is excited about her new role and hopes to help the Chamber continue to increase its reach in the community.

“Definitely I want to grow the number of members, and the first part of that for me is getting out to meet everybody, both the Chamber members and those on the board,” she said Friday in her new office.

The location within the Wood Technology Center will offer a range of benefits, she added, such as access to video conference equipment, a board room, space for training, plenty of parking, a computer lab and more.

“I think it will be a good move and make it easier for everybody,” she said of the new office location.

Robbie Morris, executive director of the RCDA and member of the Chamber Executive Board, agreed the new Chamber location will benefit the organization.

Morris said the move will “make our operations more efficient, increase attention on our members and create a synergy between our economic development efforts.”

“We are also job-sharing a trained professional staff member to handle some accounting functions,” Morris said in a news release. “It was the right move for the Chamber and the members.”

A facilities committee chaired by Ray LaMora is overseeing the transition to the office. Chamber leaders said plans are undecided for the future of the former office building at this time, which is located along the intersection of U.S. 250 and W.Va. 55.

Hill’s hiring ends a four-month search for a director, and she said she anticipates a smooth transition.

“We have a great board here, so they’ve been super helpful,” she said.

A large part of Hill’s career has been working as a regional director of a national nonprofit where she gained experience in marketing, organizing community events and fundraising — along with presenting trainings and educational seminars. Most recently, she was a director of marketing and admissions in the long-term care/skilled nursing industry. Hill has worked with many community groups throughout the state of West Virginia and six counties in Ohio.

“There is no doubt that Wendy has the skill set to hit the ground running as our executive director,” Kathy Leombruno, Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member and chair of the personnel/search committee, said in a news release. “We conducted an extensive search for our director and we are confident she will have a positive impact on our organization. She will be able to draw on her past work and Chamber experiences to further expand and develop the efforts and goals of our Chamber to serve our business community.”

Board President Hoy Ferguson said he and other Chamber leaders are excited for members and people in the community to get to know Hill.

“After the search committee interviewed the top candidates, it was unanimously determined that we could not ignore the talent, passion and skills before us,” Ferguson said in a news release. “She’ll be great at engaging the board, leading external relations and listening to member needs. She also thinks strategically, and we are very optimistic she is going to exceed all our expectations. We’re excited for our members and the community to get to know her.”

Hill is relocating from Parkersburg with her husband, Chad. They are the proud parents of five children and one granddaughter.