HTM Alum Named President of Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce
November 13, 2018
Posted on November 13, 2018 by Lonnie G. Allen | Charlevoix Courier
CHARLEVOIX — After a search from a number of qualified candidates from around the nation, the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce announced on Nov. 8 they have a new president.
The board of directors selected Sarah Hagen to be the new leader of the organization. She is excited to begin her new leadership role in the Charlevoix community.
“I’ve been very happy professionally, but when the chamber opportunity came along, I knew I couldn’t pass it up,” Hagen said. “I’ve worked closely with the chamber during my tenure at Castle Farms, and I’ve always admired the role it plays in supporting community businesses and working with local partners to keep Charlevoix vibrant and growing. I can’t wait to jump in and continue to build on the great work that Alison (Hubbard) and the board started.”
Hagen will begin her new role on Dec. 3. She hopes to continue the growth of the chamber’s business support network and be a resource for businesses and members at the chamber.
“Part of that includes education and other opportunities that businesses could have through being a member at the chamber, such as our after-hours networking events and advertising opportunities,” Hagen said. “Continuing on those programs and getting a seat at the table when it comes to economic development and positioning Charlevoix not just a vacation destination, but as a year-round place to live, place to start a business, place to grow.”
The chamber’s board of directors has been searching for a new president since August when the former president, Alison Hubbard, accepted a new job in a different city.
Hagen’s experience includes seven years at Castle Farms where she served as events director and most recently as 1918 Cellars Tasting Room manager. Prior to that, Hagen attended Grand Valley State University, where she graduated with a degree in hospitality and tourism management. She also has been an active volunteer and member of the Charlevoix Main Street Promotions Committee, which she has chaired since 2017.
“Sarah brings great energy and enthusiasm, along with demonstrated experience in customer service, special events, vendor and community collaboration, marketing and promotion, business development and more — all of which make her an excellent fit for the role of president,” said Chelsea Platte, chair of the chamber’s board of directors. “We’re thrilled to have Sarah lead our organization, and know her passion for Charlevoix will serve our members well.”