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Pinellas chamber official named CEO of Naples Chamber of Commerce


  • By Mark Gordon
  • | 12:00 p.m. October 23, 2023
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Kristina Park, who has held executive posts at chambers of commerce in Pinellas County for the past decade, has been named president and CEO of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. 

Park will assume her position in January, according to a statement. 

She replaces Michael Dalby, who held the chamber’s top leadership position for more than seven years. Dalby left in June when he was named assistant vice president for innovation, commercialization and economic development for the University of Texas-El Paso. Naples leadership and business consultant Cotrenia Hood has been serving as interim CEO since Dalby left. 

Naples chamber officials, in the statement, say Park’s “commitment to state and local business advocacy, community building, developing leaders, business growth and talent cultivation will undoubtedly strengthen the bonds within our chamber.” 

Park, according to her LinkedIn profile, has been with Amplify Clearwater, the chamber of commerce for that city, since 2016. She started as vice president of tourism, was then executive vice president and most recently COO. Prior to Clearwater, Park was with the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. From 2006 to 2012 Park held roles at various organizations in tourism and marketing in and around Greensboro and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 

“Kristina Park's appointment as the new president and CEO of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce represents a significant milestone in our organization's history,” chamber Chairwoman Julie Schmelzle says in the release. “The Board search committee worked diligently and thoroughly to find the right candidate to take the chamber to its next stage of growth, and we are confident Kristina is that person."

Winner Partners Executive Search Firm oversaw the search for the new president and CEO.

 

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Mark Gordon is the managing editor of the Business Observer. He has worked for the Business Observer since 2005. He previously worked for newspapers and magazines in upstate New York, suburban Philadelphia and Jacksonville.

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