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Johnson tapped for Genoa Chamber's next executive director

GENOA – The Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce board has selected Krissy Johnson as its next executive director, the chamber announced Monday in a news release.

Johnson has worked for the chamber for almost five years as administrative assistant and executive director. During that time, she has been instrumental in the organization’s growth and development, officials said.

“I am excited to begin this new chapter,” Johnson, a Genoa resident since 2012, said in a news release. “Working closely with the businesses and community members through the years has made a great impact in my life,” said Johnson. “I know that with the support of our chamber board, ambassadors and volunteers we will continue to do great things in the community.”

Johnson will take over for Cortney Strohacker, who has held the position for more than six years. Stohacker was hired as the new executive director for the DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau last week and is set to begin in that job later this fall.

“We are very excited to have Krissy take the ball and run with it as the new director, with the skills she’s already learned from her mentor she will certainly do amazing,” Phil Harris, owner of Alan Browne Chevrolet and chamber board member said. “We are lucky to have such talent at the chamber.” 

Genoa’s chamber was established in 1956 to support and establish connections among those in the local business community. The chamber is supported by a volunteer board and an Ambassador Club and includes about 180 members. The city of Genoa itself has a population of about 5,200, with nearby Kingston adding about 1,200.

Johnson graduated from Judson College (now Judson University) in Elgin with a double-major in human resource management and business management. She has worked as a substitute teacher in Genoa schools and has served on the Genoa Economic Development Commission.

She and her husband, Chris Johnson, have two children who attend District 424 schools.

“I know that with the support of our chamber board, ambassadors and volunteers we will continue to do great things in the community,” Johnson said in the release. “I have been left big shoes to fill, but the groundwork has been provided for me to succeed.” 

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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