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Howell Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes new Chamber President after lengthy search

The Howell Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to welcome new Chamber President, Janelle K. Best to the Howell community. Janelle currently serves as the Executive Director of the Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce, a position she has held since January of 2015. Previous Chamber President, Pat Convery, retired earlier this year after over 15 years as the organization’s President & CEO and with over 26 years collectively with the Howell Chamber.

The search for a new Howell Chamber President was a national search, with emphasis on finding a candidate with Michigan and Great Lakes roots. The national search included the team-efforts of Organization Dynamics, LLC, a national firm out of Denver, CO, advisors to business-led non-profits as well as the direction of a search committee made up of dedicated, long-term Howell Chamber members and friends, including Search Committee Chair, Ashley Prew (Prew Law, P.C. of-counsel for the Law Offices of Casey D. Conklin), Don Cortez (First Impression Print & Marketing), Mike Hall (Cobb-Hall Insurance), Jeanne Clum, and Trevor Brooks (Laurex Real Estate and The UPS Store).

The strategic search for a new executive leader led to many candidates, but Janelle Best stood out with her leadership and dedication within a local chamber and community resulting in increased revenue, membership numbers and new successful events. She is passionate about her local community as a member of the Clarkston Community Education Advisory Board, My Habitat Clarkston Steering Committee, Community Awards Committee, Hunger Walk Committee and Clarkston State Bank Back Roads ½ Marathon Committee. Janelle was also named as one of Oakland County’s Elite 40 under 40 in 2018.

Janelle graduated from Clarkston High School and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the International Academy of Design and Technology. Her career at the Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce began in 2013 when she was hired as Economic and Workforce Development Coordinator. In 2015, Janelle accepted the position of Executive Director and worked to increase revenue and chamber membership. Earlier in 2018, Janelle obtained an express graduate status from the Institute of Organization Management, a designation recognized and respected within the chamber and non-profit industries.

Janelle Best’s first day as President of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce will be Monday, October 22, 2018.

“Janelle is an experienced chamber leader.   I am confident in her ability and believe she will be excellent CEO to lead the Howell chamber in the future.” offered Jeff Rey, (Express Employment Professionals), chair of the Chamber’s board of directors.

“I also want to extend my sincere gratitude to everyone on the board and executive committee for their input and guidance over the last several weeks. Further, we are all deeply appreciative to those serving on the search committee. We are indebted to each for their expertise, careful consideration, diligence and patience with the succession plan process over the last six months along with Kim Esper who faithfully served as interim President,” commented Jeff.

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