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Summers named executive director of Dunwoody Chamber
by LaTria Garnigan
August 28, 2013 02:13 PM | 2272 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye / Beth Summers takes over as the new executive director of the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce.
Staff / Katherine Frye / Beth Summers takes over as the new executive director of the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce.
Seventeen-year Dunwoody resident Beth Summers has taken the reins of the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce. Summers is the new executive director of the organization and is looking to expand the chamber’s role in the area.

Her background includes work with Fortune 500 companies in account management, team building, program management and sponsorship programs, according to a news release.

In applying for this position, Summers said she was looking for a new opportunity that would use her skill set.

“I just wanted to make the next step, wanted to do more in the community and help build something that was already established,” said Summers. “It’s booming and a great time to be a part of this organization.”

Summers added her expertise is building relationships with individuals and organizations and she said she thought it would be a great time for her to help the chamber and the community do that. Summers said there is opportunity for growth with Dunwoody being one the largest cities in the state of Georgia as it relates to square footage of office space.

“To me that is enticing and gets me very excited to be a part of that and take the city to the next level,” she said.

Part of that will be to work with local businesses, nonprofits and city officials — all of whom Summers said have been welcoming since her start in this new role.

“People have been overwhelmingly supportive and excited and I’m looking forward to working with all of these different entities,” she said.

Summers replaces Debbie Fuse, who has been at the helm of the organization since its inception five years ago.

“I am really proud of the significant growth and accomplishments the chamber has made over the last five years and am confident that the organization will continue to thrive and expand in serving our members and the Dunwoody business community,” said Fuse, in a statement.

In a statement, board chairman Don Boykin said employing Summers will enable the chamber to continue assisting the business community.

As to what she is working on now, Summers said she is preparing for the chamber’s annual meeting and gala in November, along with the chamber’s monthly offerings. One of her goals for the 400-member organization is to increase membership by at least 10 percent and doing more for the community.

“I am working with a talented team, a knowledgeable board of directors and an impressive membership,” she said, in a statement. “I am looking forward to continuing the growth of the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce.”

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