The Newark Chamber of Commerce hired a new president this week, ending a four-month search to fill the position vacated when Linda Ashley retired.
Management Consultant Valerie K. Boyle
will be the new President and CEO.
When asked about the reasons she decided to take the job, she said that she was very impressed by how committed the members were to the organization.
“We have a group of people who are ready to roll up their sleeves and pull things together,” Boyle said.
Boyle brings 35 years of experience working with economic development organizations to the table. She led the Fremont, California Chamber of Commerce as its President from 1988- 2000. Later that decade, she was the Interim President of both the Palo Alto and Mountain View Chambers of Commerce, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Boyle is currently running a management consulting company called Boyle Associates. She says she will put her company on pause while she works for the Newark Chamber of Commerce. It will be a full-time, salaried position.
“There’s a saying: If you’ve seen one chamber, you’ve seen one chamber,” Boyle said with a laugh, emphasizing the uniqueness of each one. She said she is enthusiastic about the future and looks forward to the challenge.
“I know change is unsettling,” she said. “But for me, that’s exciting. I’m like, OK. So what’s next?”
Valerie K. Boyle starts her new job on Monday, January 20, 2014.
You can meet her in person at the next Newark Chamber of Commerce luncheon, which will be held on February 20 at the Hilton, located at 39900 Balentine Dr, Newark. For more information about that event call (510) 744-1000 or email email@example.com