Chamber of Commerce names new director

The Webster City Area Development Chamber of Commerce has announced that Deb Brown will assume the responsibilities of Chamber Director on March 4. Brown accepts the position vacated by Carrie Fitzgerald in January.

“It’s a thrilling time at the Chamber as we look forward to Deb beginning as Chamber Director. Her background in communications and working for a successful chamber in Iowa will help us to strengthen the Webster City Chamber,” said Jeanne Hill, President of Webster City Area Development Chamber of Commerce.

Hill said that Brown brings “years of experience to our Chamber, as well as plenty of energy and excitement to help make a difference in Webster City.” The new Chamber Director steps into the position after having spent the last four years as Communication Director at Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. Brown sits on the Franklin County Historical Society board, is the financial secretary at the Geneva United Methodist Church, and an active volunteer in Hampton and Franklin County.

Brown has been responsible for all aspects of the Greater Franklin County Chamber’s communications including, but not limited to, offline and online marketing. The Greater Franklin County Chamber also includes Franklin County Tourism and Hampton Main Street organizations under their main umbrella. Brown has assisted with membership management, media relations, grant writing/fundraising and organizing events. Brown curates and hosts the State of Now Conference in Des Moines, speaks at various social media conferences around the country and has worked with the Iowa Museum Association on leading interactive programs. She’s taught marketing classes for North Iowa Area Community College and had been their program director in Hampton for the past two years.

“As the incoming director, I’m very excited to be working with the Chamber and Webster City. It proves to be a time of opportunity for Webster City and I look forward to being a part of this community,” ssaidBrown. “You’ll often see me around town with my camera and a desire to have a conversation with store owners and Chamber members (past, present and future). I like to know what people are hoping to accomplish and hear their ideas of what might be possible for the community.”

Born and raised in Geneva, Iowa and educated in Iowa, and having lived 30 years in Chicago, Brown returned home to care for elderly parents. Chamber officials said she has a small town attitude, big city training and a desire to make a difference in the community where she lives. Brown has concentrated on helping small businesses in this new marketplace found online. She often works with small businesses to navigate a way that works for them in social media and not forgetting the value and importance of working in your local community as well.

Brown said she will be moving to Webster City as soon as possible, adding she’s looking forward to her grandchildren coming to a new town to visit and enjoying the activities. Her sons and grandchildren still live in Chicago and her mother resides in Geneva, Iowa.