By Emily Banks Wooten
The Board of Directors of the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce recently named Yvonne King as CEO of the organization. King, an administrative assistant with the chamber for the past 22 years, has been serving as interim CEO since the Jan. 31 resignation of Janet Wiggins, the previous CEO.
Asked what’s first on her agenda, King said, “I want to get out there and get with the county and the cities, see what their interests are and promote our area.
“I want to let the people know we’re small, but we have a big heart. We may not have everything, but we have a lot. We’re good. This board is ready to work.”
King said she’d like for the chamber to have more of a presence in the community. She said she also wants to help people understand the purpose of the chamber and bring more awareness to the role of the chamber in the community.
“A lot of what we do is still through word of mouth. We want to be in the know too. We want to help our businesses grow. It’s okay to want more businesses here but we have to help the ones we have,” King said.
“We’re ready to move forward and get back to the business of what a chamber is supposed to do and that’s bring new business to the local communities and promote tourism in our area,” Chamber Board Chairman Craig Jones said.
“It’s been interesting. I’ve made a lot of good friends,” King said of her 22 years with the chamber. During that time, she’s worked with six different executive directors.