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Posted: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 3:45 pm

The Mena-Polk County chamber of Commerce is seeking an executive director to fill the position vacated by Paula Bradley. Bradley put in her notice last week when she learned her family will be moving to Louisiana as her husband accepts a position there. “His offer and the move will be very beneficial for our family,” Bradley said.

“I've enjoyed our time here and the relationships we've built, but it is important we move as a family. ” Bradley's last day will be Wednesday, May 31. The chamber executive committee accepted the resignation and wished Bradley and her family well. “We are grateful for her dedicated service and the progress made during her role as executive director,” Sonya Mae said on behalf of the committee.

“We wish her all the best in her future endeavors." The executive committee met after receiving Bradley's letter of resignation and posted the position. “We are actively seeking a professional leader for this role,” Mae said. “During this transition, the board will collectively come together and work diligently to ensure that the needs of the Chamber members continue to be a priority." The goal of the chamber is to advance the general welfare and prosperity of the area citizens and businesses.

The board is hoping to find a “full-time visionary leader who will strategize, direct and coordinate the chamber's overall operations and growth.” “This individual will implement the business plan and accompany budget established by the Board of Directors and ensure membership and revenue growth,” Mae said of the type of person the chamber is looking for. Qualified applicants will positively represent the community regionally and nationally.

A Bachelor’s degree is preferred with three to five years of chamber or work experience in marketing, communications, economic development and administrative experience. Applicant must demonstrate past experience in leading and motivating staff members. Strong computer and social media skills are required. Though Bradley will be missed, the chamber is looking forward to upcoming events. “We are very excited about the opportunity to team with Mena Advertising and Promotion to host the upcoming annual Mark Campbell Rod Run to be held August 25-27,” Mae said.

“We are currently in the planning stages for this event and look forward to many tourists visiting the area.” Additionally, the Chamber presented eight $800 scholarships from the proceeds of the Chamber Banquet, recently held at CMA. Annual events hosted by the chamber include Downtown Trick or Treat and costume contest, as well as the Christmas parade. To apply for the Executive Director position, please send resume to chris@cmausa.org or matt.thomas.d3wk@statefarm.com.

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