Soldotna Chamber gets new director

  • By IAN FOLEY
  • Sunday, February 15, 2015 10:19pm
  • News

After nearly a dozen years of running the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, executive director Michelle Glaves is moving on.

Tami Murray, the current Visitor Center and Events Coordinator will take over for Glaves later this month.

While Glaves is calling it quits at the chamber, she isn’t planning on retiring from work altogether. Instead, she plans on pursuing her other passion – real estate.

“I’ve been interested in real estate for a long time,” Glaves said.

Glaves said that being in charge of the Soldotna Chamber has been a rewarding experience. Because the Soldotna Chamber and Visitor Center works closely with businesses, tourism industries and the community, all the chamber employees need to be versatile, Glaves said.

“It’s such a diverse job,” Glaves said. “We’re here for the businesses and the community as well. We have to wear a lot of hats.”

Glaves said the hardest part of moving on is no longer being able to work with so many community members on a day-to-day basis.

“We get to touch so many aspects of the community at large,” Glaves said.

While leaving will be emotionally difficult, Glaves said she’s leaving the chamber in good hands with Murray.

“She’s a great asset to have,” Glaves said.

Murray, who has worked for the visitor center for over four years, was chosen over more than 30 candidates in a nationwide search.

She said she believes her experience working with people from the community will make her successful in her new position.

“I’m pretty confident,” Murray said. “We have a great staff.”

Johna Beech, who before becoming president of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce worked under Glaves, said she learned a lot from her Soldotna counterpart.

“She’s a wonderful mentor,” Beech said. “Her knowledge base is astounding.”

Beech said that Glaves will be missed, but Murray, whom she has known for many years, will do a great job.

“I’m sad to see Michelle go, because she’s been a great partner to work with,” Beech said. “We’ve done a lot of things together, but I’m excited for Tami. She knows that organization from top to bottom.”

Reach Ian Foley at Ian.foley@peninsulaclarion.com

More in News

The Seward welcome sign is photographed in July 2021. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Seward vice mayor and council member resigns

The council accept the resignation of Tony Baclaan during its Monday night meeting.

Ben Mohr watches Kenai River Junior Classic participants head out to fish on the Kenai River in Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)
Mohr resigns as director of KRSA

He has been the executive director of KRSA for nearly three years.

Heather and Hunter Phillips walk through the Kenai Community Library Haunted Hunt with their mom Kumi Phillips on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Scary reads

Spooky literary characters come to life at Kenai library haunted house.

Alaska state Rep. Laddie Shaw, an Anchorage Republican, waits for the start of a so-called technical session on the House floor, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in Juneau, Alaska. The fourth special legislative session of the year began Oct. 4, in Juneau, but there has been little action at the Capitol and little progress toward resolving Alaska’s fiscal issues. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)
Special session plods on with little action

Many legislative offices have been dark and floor sessions in some cases have lasted seconds.

The Kenai Community Library health section is seen on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. After the Kenai City Council postponed a vote to approve a grant funding health and wellness books, community members set up a GoFundMe to support the purchase of materials. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
After cries of censorship, community raises funds for library

The Kenai City Council voted during its Oct. 20 meeting to postpone acceptance of a $1,500 grant for materials related to health and wellness.

This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. (CDC)
11 new deaths reported

Statewide there were 244 COVID-related hospitalizations as of Tuesday, with 37 of them on ventilators.

Rep. Don Young talks during a June 2021 interview with the Empire. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
Young to face off with a Begich yet again

Young, 88, seemed unfazed by Begich’s entry into the race.

A remote galaxy captured by the Hubble Space Telescope is greatly magnified and distorted by the effects of gravitationally warped space. (Image via NASA)
Grant brings NASA to library

The grant supports science, technology, engineering, arts and math programming for patrons.

Most Read