Rim Country Chamber Gets A Happy Transplant

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Sandy Koenig, the new executive director and manager of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, is a relatively new “transplant” to the area. She and her husband Mike just moved here in November. They have been part-time residents of Pine since 1992 though, so they aren’t really “new” residents.

Koenig took over management of the chamber in early February. She is still getting her feet wet, but feels all the volunteers and chamber board are making the transition easy.

Koenig and her husband have had a painting business in Scottsdale for nearly 30 years. She managed the business and office while her husband handled the jobs.

She applied for the chamber manager job because she wanted a challenge and something new and different.

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Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce Manager Sandy Koenig.

“I have been in construction for half my life and I thought the chamber job would be a wonderful way to get involved and get to know people,” Koenig said.

Though she has only been on the job a little more than a month, Koenig said the best part of the work has been the people.

“The people have been great. The volunteers are extraordinary and helpful and I have had great support from the board,” she said.

Challenges she has discovered is the relocation of the chamber site, working to build the membership and some restructuring.

There is also a need for new volunteers to help keep the chamber running, she said. “They’re what make this place flow,” she said.

Volunteers from all age groups, 18 and older, would be welcomed.

Volunteers man the information desk, greeting visitors and guiding them to places in which they’re interested; they do clerical tasks; prepare relocation packets sent to those wanting to know more about life in the Rim Country; return emails and more. “Any kind of skill can be put to use,” Koenig said.

She wants to remind everyone, there are still spaces available for the 2014 Business Showcase Saturday, April 12 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Center. To learn more, call the chamber at (928) 474-4515.

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