Gail Acosta, Chair of the 2019 Board of Directors announced today that Chanda Ryan has transitioned into the role of Executive Director of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.
As a Navarre resident for 19 years, Ryan has extensive experience working with the small businesses in our community. For the past seven years, she has held the position of Membership and Marketing Director. Ryan is passionate about Navarre, and she is excited about this new opportunity and to continue working with the chamber members to help set the future direction of the Navarre business community.
About six months ago, the chamber’s President/CEO Tamara Fountain, met with the Board of Directors to begin preparing them for the transition of the executive role. Fountain and Ryan have worked closely together to revitalize the program of activity and scope of work for the chamber.
“I’m proud to say the chamber is on solid ground, we are solvent and we have reinvigorated our programs,” Fountain said. “We have rebuilt our relationships with county officials and agencies, and we have rolled out many new member benefits.”
Under Fountain’s leadership, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has helped move small business grant programs forward and joined the Florida Chamber, VisitFlorida, First Place Partners and Santa Rosa County Legislative Coalition. The chamber has also partnered with UWF’s Small Business Development Center to bring expert consulting at no cost to all small businesses in Santa Rosa County.
“By design, Tamara’s plan for the chamber was to spend a year, no more than two, cleaning up the governance and putting the chamber on a firm footing for a successful future. She ended up giving us more than that, and we have celebrated many successes under her leadership,” Acosta said. “She has spent countless hours doing the good work of our chamber and now she needs to focus on her family and businesses.”
“Working with Tamara was a great gift to me, the chamber and this community. Together, we accomplished a lot in the past year and a half, and I have learned so much from her and about myself,” Ryan said. “I’m ready to take the reins of the respected voice of business and the Navarre community.”