The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce has struck administrative gold with the hiring of Hollis MacLean-Wenzel as its new executive director.
MacLean-Wenzel has dedicated her entire professional life to leading, nurturing and growing nonprofit organizations, some of which have very recognizable names: Kids on the Block, Friends of the Children, the Hanna Andersson Children's Foundation, Mercy Corps and the fund-raising consultancy firm the Collins Group.
Her track record shows that she has a history of blooming where she's planted, which is just what the Sandy Chamber needs.
So how did she find us? MacLean-Wenzel has lived just outside Sandy the past year and a half, and has entered a stage in her life where she would like to continue her community-building work while being flexible enough to be there for her eight-member blended family. Simply put, we lucked out.
MacLean-Wenzel didn't start her new job last week with a comprehensive work plan. Instead, she has wisely decided to use the first month on the job talking to citizens, business owners and local leaders to get a feel for the community's challenges and opportunities. Then she will release a plan.
The new director brings a level of professionalism, experience, renown, contacts and organization not yet seen in the Sandy Chamber. She also can write grants, a skill that will prove invaluable. This is a development whose time has come, as the Sandy Chamber wants to go 'to the next level,' as Chamber President Bob Kelly recently stated.
What that next level is, we don't know. But we're sure it will mean that businesses are promoted like never before, the chamber will once again be about the business of businesses, and the community will be stronger and healthier because of it.
We commend the Chamber Board for its hiring choice, and we anxiously await the positive change that's coming - not just to the chamber but to the Sandy area.