After a nationwide search culminating in March 2021, the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce has named Jesica Stickles as the new President/CEO. Stickles is set to begin on April 12, 2021.
“Our hiring team worked diligently to find the right person with the skills, talent, experience, and ambition to lead our Chamber. We had a deep talent pool of applicants, and it was a very rigorous selection process. However, at the end of the day, it was clear that Jesica was the right person for us.” – Dan Worra, Executive Member of the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce.
Stickles comes to the position from the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce where she spent six years leading the chamber as President/CEO. During that time, she successfully launched three new tourism events including a Brew & Cider fest, summer Carnival, and Christmas Auction – filling a $40,000 deficit her first year, she built and strengthened relationships within the Tulalip Tribal Nation and the chamber, and inspired the volunteer base which grew to include more than 60 people. “Our volunteers helped run each event and all the chamber committees. Volunteers are the backbone of our communities, and we couldn’t do it without them,” Stickles stated.
In addition to serving her community through her chamber work, Stickles is also a City Council Member for the City of Arlington where she is finishing her second four-year term. During this time, she has worked closely with local, county, state, and federal government officials, and agencies to pass legislation and worked with community stakeholders regularly to accomplish city-wide projects.
When asked what her goals are for working with Anacortes businesses Stickles stated, “A couple of my initial goals at the ACOC are to dive into learning about the maritime industry and getting to know the community! I plan to meet and greet with as many community leaders and business-people as I am able within my first year.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Jesica to the chamber team. Her energetic leadership style and strengths in legislation will be great assets to the organization. She is a proven leader, and the board is confident that she will take the Chamber in a new and exciting direction.” – Gina Walsh, Chairman of the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber will be hosting a reception in the coming weeks as an opportunity for members and the community to visit the Chamber, meet Jesica and the Board of Directors if they haven’t already, and most importantly share thoughts, ask questions, voice concerns, and generate ideas about their hopes for the future of Anacortes and role the chamber has in them.
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