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BUSINESS BUILDER: Douglas chamber chair to stress quality of service
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Matt Barrington, who has been a member of the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce since 2003, has been named its chairman of the board for 2014.
Staff / Bill Baldowski Matt Barrington, who has been a member of the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce since 2003, has been named its chairman of the board for 2014.
It may be a new title but Matt Barrington has been preparing for the position for at least two years.

The North Carolina native and father of five, including a new arrival just last week, is the new chairman of the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce board of directors, succeeding John Sell.

Although the birth of his child is tops on his list of most memorable 2014 experiences, Barrington is enthusiastic about beginning his tenure as board chair to the 700-member Douglas business organization.

“It is an honor and privilege to work alongside these true professionals with the Douglas chamber,” said Barrington, a community banking relationship manager with Regions Bank.

Having been with the chamber since 2003, he served previously as a chamber ambassador and said he viewed that experience as a valuable tool in his new leadership role.

Barrington, a North Carolina native and graduate of East Carolina University, also attended Louisiana State University where he earned a graduate degree in banking.

Although he is always interested in increasing chamber membership, Barrington said his emphasis this year lies in the quality of service the chamber provides its members.

“It is that quality of service we give to our members which will get the word out about the benefits of belonging to the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce,” he said.

Under his leadership, Barrington said, the chamber will enhance its emphasis on providing the best business “arena” for present and new members.

“Our mission is to support and attract business to the Douglas County community so that our member businesses can grow and prosper, which will help the overall Douglas County community grow and prosper,” Barrington said.

To emphasize the business education of its members, the chamber has instituted a program featuring guest speakers who are specialists in a variety of business topics.

“They will be experts on hot issues in the business world so that our members are well-rounded in their knowledge of what’s going on in business,” Barrington said.

“We can’t forget that business today is global in scope.”
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