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Dickerson named CEO of Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce

Pastor of Hope Community Church has served as interim chief executive officer since March 2014

DICKERSONKeith Dickerson, who has served as interim CEO of the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce since March 2014, has been named the organization’s new chief executive officer.

The Chamber’s board of directors announced their decision Tuesday, saying Dickerson “worked vigorously to bring higher levels of stewardship and vitality to the Chamber and has helped enhance many of the Chamber's partnerships and programs” during his tenure as interim CEO.

“He has especially helped others see the link between business success and local community engagement,” the board said.

Dickerson and his wife, Peggy, serve as pastors of Hope Community Church in Lake Oswego. They moved to the area from Atlanta in 2002. Dickerson joined the Chamber in 2007 and has played a key role in its Leadership Lake Oswego and Village Flower Baskets programs. He joined the board of directors in 2009.

Last year, Dickerson shepherded the Chamber through rough financial waters after the organization's longtime business manager was arrested on charges of check fraud, unauthorized credit card use and aggravated theft. Lori Jo Lauber, who had worked for the Chamber for eight years, was sentenced in November to five months in jail and ordered to pay $22,544 in restitution.

Working with the board, Dickerson took a series of steps to address the handling of funds and payment approval processes. The Chamber's finances today are solidly in the black.

During his year as interim CEO, Dickerson became the omnipresent face of the Chamber, appearing at everything from networking and fundraising events to the holiday tree lighting ceremony. He holds a master’s degree in management from Olivet Nazarene University and has more than nine years of experience working for nonprofit organizations.

Last week, the Chamber announced that business owner Blake Zoglman had been named president of the board. Zoglman replaces Doug Cushing, an attorney with the Lake Oswego law firm Jordan Ramis, who served for two years as board president.