After nine days, including weekends, into her new role with the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce, Margy Poorman attended her first luncheon Wednesday as president and CEO of the organization.

It was announced in April that Poorman would be taking the helm of the chamber, a position previously held by Brad Richardson. Her first day was June 1.

Wednesday’s luncheon at Grace Heartland Church in Elizabethtown acted as an opportunity for members to learn more about Poorman, who has 19 years of experience in development, policy, legislative affairs, as board chairman Brian Kerr and member Marilyn Ford led a question-and-answer session with her fielding the questions.

Poorman said her experience since coming to Hardin County has been “amazing.”

“We were given the opportunity to meet with so many wonderful, warm people. Everyone has just been welcoming and very generous with their time,” she said.

On one of her earlier visits to the area, Poorman said she and her husband, Dave, when selecting where they’d go for dinner, purposely pulled out their phones and searched for who was a chamber member and who wasn’t. They chose to eat at a restaurant that was a member.

Having previously worked with a chamber of commerce, Poorman said she values and understands membership.

“It’s important for us to see the small businesses and how that continues to make our economy grow,” she said.

Poorman, who recently moved to Hardin County from North Canton, Ohio, said the search committee and chamber board have been helpful with meeting more people in the community. She’s also had the opportunity to sit in on the chamber’s recent ambassador meeting and to be a part of the organization’s program committee and leadership committee, meeting local officials and other organizations. Poorman said she looks forward to expanding that knowledge even further in the coming weeks and months.

When asked about her plans for the next month, two months, and where she sees the chamber going in the future, Poorman said she would be listening, meeting with people, and getting to know chamber members better as well as look at the state of the chamber, continue to plan and execute some of the opportunities they have.

“I’ve seen that Hardin County really comes together so I am looking at just continuing to focus on that and make sure that we have opportunities for the whole county to grow,” she said.

Poorman and her husband have been married 30 years. They have one daughter.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1417 or malford@thenewsenterprise.com.

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