Burgess to Head HVCC Chamber

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-Press Release, Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce

The Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce has tapped Michele Burgess to be president of the organization, effective July 22, 2019.

Burgess, a resident of Vance County, brings a wealth of experience to the position. She previously served as executive director of the chamber from 1982-88 and 1995-99.

“The chamber is key to opening doors to business growth and development in our community,” Burgess said. “I’ve always had a passion for making improvements to Henderson and Vance County, and I want to make a difference.”

The Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce has tapped Michele Burgess to be president of the organization, effective July 22, 2019. Burgess, a resident of Vance County, previously served as executive director of the chamber from 1982-88 and 1995-99. (Photo courtesy HV Chamber)

Burgess said she is excited to try new programs and “to build on a tradition of being an active and progressive chamber.”

Nancy Wykle, chairwoman of the board of directors and publisher of The Daily Dispatch, said Burgess is a unifier who will bring tremendous energy to the chamber. “Our board is excited about the ideas Michele brings and her level of engagement,” she said. “She knows this community and brings an infusion of positive energy, which will guide us in the right direction.”

Burgess said she is eager to work with the board to advance the chamber’s program of work, as well as to be engaged in the community. “We all need to support our community and be proud of it,” she said.

Wykle said Burgess’ knowledge of the community and her energy were key factors in her appointment. “Michele loves this community, has deep ties and has great ideas for how we can grow,” she said.

“There’s so much potential for how our chamber and community can move forward,” Burgess said.

Burgess succeeds Vanessa Jones, who has been serving as interim president.

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