Chamber names new director

March 28, 2013

By Michele Mihalovich

Nathan Perea

Nathan Perea

Nathan Perea was named as the executive director for the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce, and starts April 1.

The position has been open since early January, when former director Kevin Dwyer left for a job in Oregon.

Perea, 34, served as director of membership development at Issaquah’s chamber for the past two years, and said he has some innovative programs that proved successful in Issaquah that he’d like to apply to the Valley.

He said what he finds to be most successful is taking a chamber from being generic to getting specific to member needs.

Perea said he plans to do that by taking time getting to know current members, as well as meeting as many people from the community as possible.

“My role is to support the entire community, which is why I think it’s good to meet everyone,” he said.

Perea said the chamber board’s biggest goal for him is to infuse new energy and passion into the chamber.

“I’ll work on behalf of the entire Valley with a unified voice so everyone feels a part of this,” he said. “One thing I’ve found in modern chambers is that geographic boundaries are less important. The quality of programs you’re providing is much more important.”

Perea received a degree in business administration and information systems from Western Washington University in Bellingham. He’s married and has three children.

 

Michele Mihalovich: 392-6434, ext. 246, or editor@snovalleystar.com.

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