Destiny Bryson, director of the Visitors Bureau of Highland County, has been named executive director of the Highland County Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber President Randy Lennartz announced the appointment this week, saying that Bryson has made a “positive impact” at the visitors bureau and offers unique experience.
Bryson follows the Chamber’s previous longtime director Melissa Elmore, who left the organization in February for a new professional challenge, according to a Chamber press release. Bryson will continue to serve as director of the Visitors Bureau of Highland County.
Bryson told The Times-Gazette that she looks forward to working with other organizations throughout the county.
“My initial goal is to connect with as many of our current members as I can and to continue to grow membership,” she said. “More members means more business opportunities for all of us and more visibility in the community.”
Bryson has served as the interim director at the Chamber for the past three months, according to the release. During that time, Bryson and the boards of directors for both organizations explored a collaboration where Bryson would serve as the single point of contact for the two nonprofits. The 90-day trial went well, according to the press release, so Bryson officially assumed the role on June 1.
There are currently no plans to combine the organizations, only for Bryson to serve as executive director for both in a full-time role, the release said.
“Destiny offers unique experience from both the public and private sectors,” Lennartz said in the release. “She has years of experience working with local elected officials, state legislators, state and county agencies, federal bureaus, members of the media, and community leaders from around the country as a staffer and as a business representative. We have witnessed her work in the county at the Visitors Bureau and seen the positive impact she has made there, and we look forward to her leading the Chamber with the same passion and dedication.”
Bryson said in the press release that she is “extremely fortunate” to be appointed.
“Previous leaders have built a strong organization and I am looking forward to building on its strengths, developing new relationships, and growing existing relationships with partners and supporters,” she said. “In the words of Helen Keller, ‘Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.’ The Chamber is a resource for our members, and no matter the subject, we are here to support business and facilitate assistance when needed.”
The Chamber’s plans and programs serve a network of more than 300 members designed to promote and further the interests of businesses.
The Chamber’s Annual Meeting known as “Party in the Country” is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20 at Creekview Barn, 8821 Creek Rd., Leesburg. Tickets are available for purchase via the Chamber’s website at www.thehighlandchamber.com or by contacting the office at 937-393-1111.
Bryson said caterers from Shoelaces Catering, Jill’s Farm House Catering, Ponderosa, Batter Up Bakery, and All Seasons Catering have partnered to create a Mexican-food-themed buffet dinner for attendees, while Larry’s Party Shop and Gibbs Insurance Associates have a few surprises at the open bar this year. The event is sure to be a great opportunity to enjoy an evening out with hundreds of fellow local businesspeople, the release said.
Event sponsors are as follows: Adena, Merchants National Bank, Southern Hills Bank, Highland District Hospital, Weastec, NCB, Southern Ohio Retrofoam, Southern State Community College, Bear Mechanical, Gibbs Insurance Associates, Larry’s Party Shop, The Linen Closet, TechSolve, Fifth Third Bank, The Dickey Group, First State Bank, Wilkin Heating & AC, Crestwood, Great Oaks, Burwinkel Family Dentistry, Buckeye Boat Repair, S&K Dairy Cup, Horne Law Office, Judge Rocky Coss, Kibler Lumber, DAGR Home Inspections, Peelle Law, Wilmington Savings, Corner Health Mart Pharmacy, Edward Jones-Susan Vaher, and Murray Fettro Funeral Home.
Reach David Wright at 937-402-2570.