The Executive Director position for the Milbank Area Chamber of Commerce has been redesigned. Laura Kelly and Chelcie Eischens have been hired as the new co-directors. Kelly will be the Events Director and Eischens the Director of Membership and Finance. Each will work 30 hours a week.
“The board is very excited about these changes,” stated board president Abbey Angerhofer. “We hope this new design will evenly distribute the tasks of the previous director role so each will be able to concentrate on an area and do it well. We look forward to what the two can do together.”
Kelly has been employed as the Executive Assistant to the Chamber Director for over two years. Prior to that, she was a stay-at-home mom for her two sons, Evan (4) and Nathan (5). Her husband, Chris, is one of the owners of NAPA Auto Parts in Milbank.
Kelly will now be responsible for planning and executing Chamber events. She will also be in charge of finding volunteers and sponsors. “I look forward to continuing our yearly events and improving upon them. I hope to bring more people to the community to support our businesses and I plan to create some new, fun things for our community,” she said.
Eischens grew up on her family farm in Redwood Falls, MN. She obtained an accounting and agricultural economics degree from North Dakota State University in 2012. She also has a minor in business. Most recently, she was a business banking specialist in Madison, MN. Chelcie and her husband, Wade, have lived in Milbank for just over a year and have a four-month-old daughter, Braelynn. Wade is an agronomist at West-Con near Twin Brooks.
“I am looking forward to the small town atmosphere and rural agriculture business area,” she said. “I am excited to get more involved, get to know people and the community, and become a part of something special. I am excited to get started.”
Eischens will be responsible for increasing and maintaining the Chamber membership list. With expertise in finance, accounting, and banking, she will also be responsible for the finances of the Chamber.
Eischen said she has several ideas stirring and is excited to work alongside Kelly to keep the local businesses and programs in the Milbank community thriving. She said her goal is to make people happy and maintain cohesiveness within the community..
Eischens begins her new position Thursday, July 14. Chamber office hours beginning, August 1, are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.