Chamber Charts New Course, Hires Betsy Gardner Eckbert
The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce has identified three new objectives for the New Year and hired Betsy Gardner Eckbert to guide the organization as its new president & CEO. Gardner Eckbert will focus the organization on themes from a new strategic planning document: delivering value to members, enhancing community relations and driving member engagement.
“Betsy’s knowledge of the community and experience in building an international business will be an asset to our members from day one,” said Lou Nimkoff, chairman, Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and principal, Brio Real Estate. “Her energetic, can-do attitude will help the Chamber transition into an era of intense entrepreneurism and ensuring a value-driven experience for its members.”
Gardner Eckbert was chosen from a field of over 200 applicants from across the country. She has a 25-year history of community engagement, brand management, grassroots advocacy and sales and marketing experience. Her first day on the job will be Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
Though she was raised in Winter Park and calls this community home, Gardner Eckbert spent several years in London building international business and leading sales and marketing efforts. She is most passionate about bringing this expertise to Winter Park. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and graduated from Leadership Orlando Class 45. She is a past board member at Winter Park Day Nursery and Howard Phillips Center for Children and Families.
The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce represents more than 800 businesses, community organizations and individuals in an effort to develop, promote and sustain a vital, thriving business climate throughout the community and to initiate, support and enhance the civic, educational and economic well-being of the area. The non-profit association hosts more than 100 events and programs each year. For more information, please visit www.winterpark.org.by