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Brandon chamber announces new president

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Published:   |   Updated: September 12, 2013 at 03:25 PM

BRANDON — The new leader of the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce should be a familiar face to the organization’s members.

Laura Simpson was recently announced as the chamber’s president and CEO. Simpson had been filling the role on an interim basis since June, after her predecessor, Tammy Bracewell, stepped down to work on special projects for the group.

“The entire experience, both the interim position and the official approval, has been surreal,” Simpson said. “When you have worked towards the same goal for so long, it truly takes a bit for it all to set in.

“I am ecstatic that the membership and community are allowing me to continue on with our work.”

Simpson, 37, joined the chamber in 2000 as its vice president. During that time, she has served in a variety of leadership positions.

“Although some of the faces within our organization have changed, the core mission of this organization has not wafted,” Simpson said. “The chamber is truly a member-focused organization that seeks to enrich this community and create an environment where businesses can grow and engage.”

The decision to stick with Simpson was an easy one for the Brandon chamber’s board of directors.

“After three fantastic months of confirming that Laura was the perfect choice for the position, the executive committee and board of directors unanimously approved her new role,” said Darren Denington, chairman of the board. “The current positive energy in the organization is extremely exciting right now.”

Simpson has big plans for the chamber’s future.

“I plan to refocus our organization and community on economic development of our area and having a voice on business issues impacting our local businesses, whether it is county, state or federal,” she said.

“I have a passion to be a relationship builder and it makes my day when I can pair up members who can fulfill business needs.”

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