BE Chamber hires Lange as director
The boards of the Blue Earth Area Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) announced the hiring of a new executive director, Emily Lange. Lange succeeds long time executive director Cindy Lyon who retired April 30 after an eight-year career with the Chamber.
The selection of Lange caps a search process led by a joint committee comprised of representatives from both the Chamber and CVB boards. The committee reviewed applications and interviewed candidates throughout the month of May.
Lange will lead the Chamber and CVB efforts to promote, support, and guide the member businesses and civic groups in the Blue Earth Area, as well as nurture a positive business environment and community growth. Her first day at the Chamber will be on June 17.
“The Chamber Board is excited by Emily’s enthusiasm for the position and impressed by her background in public relations. The Chamber has many opportunities for growth and we’re confident Emily will be an asset to the business community,” states Paula Kabe, chair of the Chamber of Commerce Board. CVB board member Kathy Johnson echoed Kabe’s sentiments and added, “As a newcomer to our organization, Emily brings a fresh perspective to the executive director position and we’re looking forward to her arrival.”
Lange, who is a resident of Blue Earth, holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Media from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and comes to the position from Thayer Publishing in Mankato where she was a marketing coordinator responsible for marketing plans, product selection, and website search engine optimization.
The BEA Chamber of Commerce is a member-funded organization and not affiliated with the City of Blue Earth. The Chamber of Commerce is funded by Chamber member dues, voluntary contributions, fundraising, and the sale of souvenirs. The Convention and Visitors Bureau is charged with representing and marketing Blue Earth as a destination to the traveling public and largely funded by hotel occupancy taxes.