An exciting new chapter in the history of the Keweenaw Peninsula Chamber of Commerce began last week. Cheryl Fahrner became the Chamber's first executive director in three years when she began her duties July, 15.
The Ironwood native wasted no time in getting her feet wet by spending her first hours on the job out in the public, attending the ground breaking for an expansion project at Aspirus Keweenaw in Laurium.
After a tumultuous several years, it seems to us Fahrner certainly has the potential to bring stability and leadership to the Chamber.
She comes to the Keweenaw with abundant experience, including seven years as executive director for the Plover Area Business Association, in Wisconsin. Following that, she has spend the last six years working as regional corporate events director for the American Heart Association.
No stranger to the Copper Country, Fahrner spent a couple of years here in the early 1980s at the former Detroit and Northern Bank in Hancock.
The hit-the-ground-running style she exhibited on her first day looks to be a preview of what we can expect during her tenure at the KPCC.
In an interview with the Daily Mining Gazette's Garrett Neese, Fahrner outlined several ideas including the formation of a Chamber ambassador's group which would serve a proactive roll in the community.
She also plans to use her expertise in building partnerships to benefit the business culture of the Keweenaw.
After several years of treading water, relying on the Chamber board and staff to maintain operations, we look with excitment and anticipation to the leadership we expect Cheryl Fahrner to provide to the business sector of the Keweenaw.