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Alliance tabs Purcell to lead chamber, tourism programs

December 21, 2016

Alliance tabs Purcell to lead chamber, tourism programs

 
 
New director
The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance named Jesse Purcell (center) as its new Director of Chamber and Tourism at a press conference Tuesday morning at its offices in Kenton. Purcell is a native of Kenton and familiar to the Alliance staff since she was one of the co-founders of the Women L.E.A.D. program. She is joined for the announcement by Alliance board chairman Brian Sprang (left) and President/CEO Jon Cross.

The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance hired a friend to join its team of directors.

Jesse Purcell is one of the founding members of the Women L.E.A.D. program through the Alliance and will become its Director of Chamber and Tourism on Jan. 2. She replaces Annetta Shirk, who resigned from the Alliance to accept another job.

Alliance President/CEO Jon Cross said, during a press conference Tuesday morning, the board conducted an “executive search” to replace Shirk. It was searching for someone who expressed strong community values. He said they found that person in Purcell.

She is a native and resident of Kenton. She currently serves as a community manager for the American Cancer Society and the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program.

She brings “nearly 15 years of experience in building successful fundraising campaigns, recruiting and retaining volunteers and stewarding strong business partnerships with career experience from the nonprofit, business and manufacturing industries,” Cross said.

“We are adding another all-star to the team,” he said of Purcell’s appointment.

“I am really excited about this,” said Purcell at the press conference at the Alliance office in Kenton.

The mother of a three-month-old son and a four-year-old daughter, Purcell said her children played an important part in her decision to return to her native county.

“I want to be a part of building a community where my family can grow up,” she said. “This job gives me a chance to stay closer to them, plus I look forward to telling everyone about the wonderful things happening in Hardin County.”

Purcell said she has ideas to present as part of the Alliance team and plans to “hit the ground running.”

“We believe she is the right candidate for the job,” said board chairman Brian Sprang. “We expect great things for 2017 and beyond.”

Purcell’s responsibilities will include overseeing the Hardin County Ambassadors, the Safety Council, Women L.E.A.D. Program and the Young Professionals Alliance.

“Great strides are being made in Hardin County and I feel fortunate to help advance these efforts through the important work being done at the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance,” said Purcell.

By DAN ROBINSON
Times staff writer