Newcastle Chamber elects new board officers
December 31, 2013
NEW — 12:25 p.m. Dec. 31, 2013
After a year in which the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce saw unprecedented growth among its membership and hosted its largest Diamond Awards ceremony ever, the executive board elected two new members to lead the organization in the coming year.
Paul Reynolds, Regency Newcastle’s sales and marketing director, will serve as president, while Sara Biancofiori, Coal Creek Family YMCA’s associate executive director, will assume the role of vice president.
The elections are an annual event, ensuring the chamber is led by a different executive board member each year.
“We were thoughtful in our selection process for board members to take the place of those executive board members who have served their term,” outgoing chamber President Peter Zevenbergen said in a statement.
He described Reynolds as an ideal candidate to lead the chamber, after the Regency Newcastle director played an active role in the organization this year.
Reynolds won the chamber’s 2013 Diamond Award in the business category for his contributions to the community.
“I’m excited to be a part of the chamber of commerce board so that I can have a positive impact on other local businesses and share with them the benefits that our business has experienced through our involvement with the chamber,” Reynolds said.
Biancofiori recently joined the chamber board and made a quick ascension to the top. It is expected that she will move to the position of president after Reynolds’ terms is up in a year.
“Sara’s leadership and natural communication skills will add to the strength of our board leadership,” Zevenbergen said.
Biancofiori has been with the YMCA of Greater Seattle almost eight years and served as senior regional program director until 2013, when she became the associate executive director at the Coal Creek Family YMCA.
One of the reasons she said she joined the board was to enhance ties between the YMCA and the Newcastle community.
“I see it as a way to expand my horizons, and create a positive way for me to network with our business community,” she said. “The chamber strives to help make a positive change in our community, something the Coal Creek YMCA values as well.”
Imelda Dulcich will head into her second-year as the chamber’s part-time executive director.
Additional members of the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce board are Karin Blakley, Jenna Boerboom, Steve Fortescue, Doug Kunkel, Katherine Mallman, David Uchida, Mary VonRanker and Zevenbergen.