New director hired for chamber |

New director hired for chamber

Linda Hiller

The Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Authority has hired a new executive director.

Dave Bolick, from Sacramento, Calif., has had 21 years of experience in chamber of commerce and association management.

He replaces Roxanne Stangle, who was acting as interim director after the departure of former chief executive officer Sherie Whiteside last fall.

Out of a field of 31 applicants for the new director, Stangle said nine individuals were interviewed the weekend of Feb. 8.

“We picked Dave Bolick because he has a strong sense of economic development,” she said. “Because of the new county commissioners and the direction they are taking, we felt he was the perfect person to head the chamber.

“It is the chamber’s responsibility, after all, to promote economic development in a community and keep businesses strong.”

“Dave was very energetic and had lots of ideas that excited us,” she said.

Contacted at his home in Sacramento on Tuesday, Bolick said he was excited about moving to Douglas County to begin work with the chamber and the community.

“I have been involved in many diverse communities in California,” he said. “I have worked in Chino, San Bernadino, Escondido, Sacramento, Corona and most recently Chico.” He specifically mentioned his work with communities having a strong agricultural influence.

“You’re getting a very experienced chamber director,” said California Chamber of Commerce Vice President Dave Kilby, who has known Bolick for the last 20 years, in a telephone interview Tuesday.

Kilby said he also worked with Bolick on the board of the California Association of Local Economic Development.

Kilby said he also served with Bolick on the board of the Western Association of Chamber Executives Educational Foundation, an organization that provides scholarships for chamber members to attend professional development seminars.

“Dave was the president and I was the secretary-treasurer,” Kilby said. “He definitely knows the chamber business.”

Stangle said Bolick’s wife has recently been hired as director of the United Conference of Christian and Jews, Northern Nevada Region, headquartered in Reno. She added that the Bolicks would reside in Carson Valley.

Bolick and his wife have three children and three grandchildren. He is 57. “I am a senior citizen,” he added.

Bolick will be introduced to the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Authority tomorrow at their Business After Hours meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited.

“Everyone so far has been delightful,” he said. “I know we’re going to thoroughly enjoy getting to know the people there.”

He will take the reins from Stangle on March 10, when she will return to her original position as chamber president.

The chamber office is located at 1512 Highway 395, Suite 1.