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Homer Chamber of Commerce Announces New Executive Director

l-r, Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center current executive director Monte Davis stands with new ED Jim Lavrakas and Debbie Speakman, newly promoted to Director of Member Relations.

l-r, Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center current executive director Monte Davis stands with new ED Jim Lavrakas and Debbie Speakman, newly promoted to Director of Member Relations.

PHOTO: Homer Chamber

The Board of Directors of the Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center announced Thursday, May 16, 2013, the appointment of Jim Lavrakas as its new Executive Director, replacing Monte Davis who has run the Chamber for the past two years.

“Jim is passionate about Homer and we are excited about moving forward with Jim at the helm.  Although we had many applicants, Jim was indeed the best fit for this position, so it wasn't a hard decision”, said Board President Pat Melone.

Lavrakas will take the reins of the Chamber in mid-August when Davis and his wife JoJo move to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Lavrakas has been a Chamber board member for the past three years.

“With my experience on the board, and my strong belief in the Chamber’s work, I’m really excited to get started”, Lavrakas said. “When I’m not taking fishing charters out this summer, I’ll be at the Chamber learning the ropes and working to better understand the immediate issues I’ll need to focus on through the rest of the year. This transition should be very smooth and efficient.”

The Board also announced that Membership Manager Debbie Speakman has been promoted to Director of Member Relations. The Board made this change in leadership hierarchy, placing Speakman as “second in command”, and bringing her new title more in line with the duties she already performs. The Board expects that the Lavrakas/Speakman leadership team will bring cohesiveness to the Chamber’s planning, outreach and action.

Lavrakas has two businesses based in Homer. His publishing business, Far North Press, will remain open, but he will close his Skookum Charters sportfish business before he takes up his new duties.

Homer Chamber of Commerce

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