GENOA – Kristie Mulso is going to miss everything about her two-year stint as the executive director of the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce.
After Nov. 18, Mulso will leave the business world for the realm of education, having accepted a position as administrative assistant for Genoa-Kingston School District 424. She said her time with the chamber has been a great experience and she is grateful for the many opportunities she gained.
"I still plan on being part of the community," she said.
James Wilson, the president of the chamber board, said Mulso is excellent at what she does for the chamber. He counts her computer skills and energetic personality as two of the many traits that make her an outstanding executive director.
"She is very open and very friendly and always ready to try something different," he said.
He also said the executive director position was originally a part-time position but Mulso made it a full-time one.
In the past two years, Mulso said she has helped to expand the chamber from 91 to 144 members. This accomplishment was the first one remembered by Wilson and Robert Galick, the chamber's treasurer.
Galick said Mulso also generated greater public interest in the Annual Home and Business Expo, where local businesses are showcased. Getting people out to enjoy the expo was a big accomplishment, he said.
"She's pretty much increased everything," Wilson said.
Wilson said the chamber's board will select Mulso's replacement. He said the board has received three applicants but Galick said board members had yet to decide on the hiring process. Wilson said he thought the next executive director should be someone who is good with sales, computers and can increase the chamber's membership.
People who are interested in becoming the next executive director can submit a resume, cover letter and three letters of reference to the chamber at 327 W. Main St. or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Muslo said the chamber has grown over the past five years and continue to serves its increasing number of members well. While the chamber is tasked with serving local businesses, it has hosted successful activities and fundraising events, said Galick.
"Once you're part of the chamber, people get to know who you are and it definitely benefits your business," Wilson said.