When Reiserstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce’s former executive director Brian Ditto stepped down as the group reorganized, members knew there were big shoes to fill.
But through an extensive application process that had candidates go through three interviews and give a presentation, the organization found Colleen Brady. She made her first public appearance at the chamber’s charter night on Wednesday.
“The chamber has taken all of my skill sets…and combined it all together in a job,” she said before giving a speech to the chamber.
Brady has spent time in public relations; sales; education; advocacy and even owned a small business, Peace of Mind Yoga Studio, which she ran from the purple barn on Reisterstown’s Main Street from approximately 2002 until 2006. Most recently, she worked in prevention education at Jewish Community Services, where she taught middle school, high school and college students how to avoid risky behaviors.
The chamber was looking for someone with more executive and marketing experience, as well as someone who could aggressively grow the chamber’s membership—a challenge Brady is up for.
“My greatest passion comes from helping others to achieve their best,” Brady said in her speech.
To help the chamber achieve its best, the Glyndon resident plans to implement new social media campaigns, cross marketing with smaller businesses, cooperative purchasing, member-to-member discounts and more community outreach programs.
“I really believe working together, we can all grow together,” she said.