Routzahn Set to Join Chamber Staff

2017 has been a year of transition for our Chamber organization, beginning with a new mission statement and purpose adopted by our board of directors in March.  With a clear vision of our purpose as we move to the end of this decade, our executive committee and staff dove into a  strategic reassessment of our program of work and staff responsibilities.  The departure of two team members over the summer left us short-staffed, but also challenged us to work leaner and create a more focus effort to use our resources and time where they would have the most impact and effectiveness for our members and for our community.

We are pleased to announce that with the beginning of 2018, our team will be back to full strength with the addition of Denise Routzahn as the Chamber's office manager. Denise comes to the Chamber after 14 years with the Robertson County Sheriff's Office as a records clerk and bookkeeper. She is a Robertson County native, graduating from Springfield High School and receiving an associates degree from Volunteer State Community College. Denise has a long history of community involvement, serving on the United Way Board and  the Robertson County Agricultural Committee, and acting as the convener and facilitator for the Robertson County Coalition since 2010. She also has a strong affection for our county 4H programs, and was honored as the Tennessee State Volunteer Leader of the Year in 2012. We are excited to welcome Denise to our staff and look forward to the new ideas and energy that we know she will bring to our organization. 

Carly Rager, who joined us as a contract employee in July and has filled in as an administrative assistant since August, will assume a full time role as events director. Carly will take over primary responsibility for planning and managing all of our Chamber events, including the Taste of Country festival, Christmas on the Square, and Pep Rally on the Square as well as our regular membership events like Good Morning Robertson County, Lunch and Learns and Women in Business. Carly has a great resume in event planning and coordination and we can't wait to see the new twists and fresh takes she brings to our events in the year ahead.

With event management off her plate, Jordan Osborne will be taking primary responsibility for membership growth and member services. She will also be sharing in the continuation of our SEE (Supporting Existing Employers) program, serving our Chamber member industries and she is heading up a new initiative to develop a Small Business Concierge and entrepreneur development program.  Resources and assistance for start-up businesses and growth of existing small businesses is a critical need for Robertson County right now, and most available options require travel to Gallatin, Clarksville or Nashville.

Join us in welcoming Denise to our staff and wishing Carly and Jordan well in their new roles. Our goal is to finish out our Chamber year on a strong note and prepare to make 2018-19 our best year ever!