SHERIDAN — The Wyoming State Chamber of Commerce elected a new board of directors to lead the organization for 2017 at its annual fall conference and membership meeting held in Green River in October.
Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce CEO Dixie Johnson will take over as president of the state board in January. The Press recently asked Johnson about the new role and what she hopes to accomplish. Here’s what she had to say:
Q: Have you served on the Wyoming Chamber of Commerce board before being chosen for this role? If so, for how long and in what roles?
Johnson: I was appointed to the Wyoming State Chamber of Commerce board of directors in April 2012. Since that time, I have served as director, treasurer and vice president of the organization. Over the years, I’ve learned so much, and I am honored to step into the role as president of the board in 2017. I’m very thankful for the encouragement and support I’ve received from the Sheridan County Chamber board of directors as I take on this new role.
Q: This seems like a big honor and a lot of responsibility, how do you feel about tackling this new challenge?
Johnson: This is definitely an honor and a huge responsibility, but the WSCC is fortunate to have had outstanding board leadership and a competent executive director, Heidi Peterson, at the helm. Heidi is a very capable, connected and skilled professional whose experience and guidance will provide for a smooth transition of leadership on the board.
Q: What do you hope to do/accomplish in this new role?
Johnson: The mission of the WSCC is to build business in Wyoming. There has been tremendous work done in recent years, and I hope to continue to work with our statewide partners, such as the Wyoming Business Council and Wyoming Economic Development Association, as well as state and local governments, to continue our role to advocate, educate and communicate — all on behalf of business.
Q: What do you think your election says about you and the work you’ve helped accomplish through the local Chamber of Commerce?
Johnson: One of our biggest strengths here locally is our strong business community, solid team of Chamber staff, board of directors and countless volunteers. I’m excited that in this role, I get to serve alongside other Chamber professionals from around the state, each of whom brings a unique skillset and perspective, and as I see it, my primary role is to listen and glean insight from them so the Wyoming State Chamber of Commerce may better serve and represent Wyoming businesses.