Fruita Chamber names Davies to lead group
Longtime Fruita Chamber of Commerce employee — and interim director since May — Shauna Davies was hired as the organization’s full-time director after a unanimous vote at a Dec. 1 special meeting of the board of directors.
“We just felt like that was the best option for the chamber at this time, in the interest of strength and stability,” said Board President John Burwell.
Burwell said the board completed a very detailed interview with Davies about the job and felt strongly enough about her as a candidate to not interview any other candidates.
He also said the board considered “her length of service at the chamber, and her knowledge in the function and direction that the chamber is going in.”
Davies has worked at the chamber for nearly seven years and previously served as the assistant director before taking on the interim tag earlier this year.
The group’s previous director, Leanne Ingwersen, was abruptly asked to resign in May. Davies will be the third director named to the organization in less than two years.
“I’m excited about it and I’m ready,” Davies said Thursday. She said the economy remains the toughest obstacle to her main goal: To take care of the more than 360 current members and attract new members to the organization. Toward that end, she said the chamber has signed up nine new businesses in the past month.
The chamber will add two new members to its board of directors later this month, via election, with directors Dawn Merris and Michelle Melgares leaving the board.
Davies sees a bright future for the chamber members’ businesses, despite the difficult current economic climate.
“We’re right on the edge of being huge here in Fruita. It’s going to explode real soon, I think, and with the city and the chamber working hand in hand, it’s going to work even better,” she said.