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St. Johns Chamber names new president

The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce has selected Kirk Wendland as the organization’s new president, effective Sept. 17.  Wendland was selected by the Chamber’s executive search committee and will be succeeding Isabelle Rodriguez, who served as interim president after former president Robin Burchfield stepped down in July.

“We are very enthusiastic about our selection, and believe Kirk brings the right combination of business acumen, economic development and leadership experience to his new role,” said Jill Atwood, chair of the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce.  “We believe Kirk’s strategic vision and direction will help us grow the Chamber’s membership and presence in the community.”

Wendland’s background is in the business and economic development industries, and he brings 20 years of experience to the position, including his experience serving as executive director of the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission (JEDC).  During his tenure at the JEDC, he worked closely with the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce staff and volunteers as well as the Jacksonville Mayor’s office and City Council.  After moving to the private sector, he remained involved in economic development as a member of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce, serving as chairman of its Economic Development Advisory Board and later as chair of the Chamber’s Finance Committee.

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