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Lana Painter Cole, who helped coordinate Cruisin' Sherwood, has been selected to head the organizations

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lana Painter ColeThe Sherwood Chamber of Commerce has selected Lana Painter Cole as its newest executive director. Cole officially began her duties on Monday, replacing Nancy Bruton, who took a job in advertising sales last month with KGW-TV Channel 8.

Cole, 45, has served as a marketing and events coordinator for the chamber since February.

“I am very excited to be on board,” Cole said Monday. “I think they’re great opportunities ahead for us.”

A Sherwood resident since 1997, Cole worked in the late 1990s as an investor services manager for Crabbe Huson, a Portland management and mutual fund company, which is now Columbia Management Group.

She has worked the last 10 years as a youth director at Sherwood United Methodist Church and is the current grant chairwoman for the Sherwood Education Foundation.

“I think that the opportunity to add value to our existing members and to get new members is really a priority,” Cole said of her new job.

Renee Brouse, immediate past president of the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce as of July 1, said the chamber board and members had an impressive field of candidates to select from.

“We had 30 candidates and we narrowed it to six, and all six of them were great,” she said.

Brouse said Cole brought “something new and different and she was able to hit the ground running.”

Cole most recently helped coordinate the recent Cruisin’ Sherwood event (along with Leanna Knutson). She also was involved with helping plan the chamber’s annual awards dinner and the chamber directory.

“She’s well-respected in the community,” said Brouse.

Keith Mays, who is the chamber’s new president and served on the selection committee, said the chamber was fortunate to have lots of great candidates, and said Cole will do a great job for the chamber and the Sherwood business community.

“She’s (Cole) is going to do a great job for the chamber and the Sherwood business community,” said Mays. “Lana has great skills for the job.”

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