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New Chamber President Has High Hopes

Colleen Brady, the new president of the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce, hopes to help local businesses achieve their highest potential with a number of initiatives.

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.

Lori Jones February 22, 2013 at 01:12 AM
This Chamber of Commerce is in the beat of hands with Ms. Brady at the helm.
CP February 22, 2013 at 04:22 PM
So she intends to address the crime? The lack of viable businesses on main street? Main street needs incentives to attract businesses that actually attract people. Foot traffic generates money. Restaurants, bars and cafes increase foot traffic. Look to Bel Air as an example.
Ed February 23, 2013 at 01:46 AM
Bel Air, Westminster, Towson, Frederick and Ellicott City all have something in common -- a downtown core with one or more main streets and a number of cross streets zoned for commercial. That's not Reisterstown or Owings Mills and never will be.

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