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Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber Announces Hiring of Cory King as Executive Director
Cory R. King has been hired as Executive Director of the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber (SMMC). King will begin the role effective Tuesday, May 31, 2016, working alongside Carolyn Farkas-Noe who held the Interim Executive Director position since April 2014.
King was most recently the Executive Director of the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce, a position he held for nearly ten years, and was awarded the Chamber Executive of the Year award in 2015 by the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. King also currently serves as the Vice-President of the Maine Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
“The Board of Directors and Search Committee were adamant that we find an Executive Director that brings direct experience to the table day one. We’re confident based on Cory’s background that we achieved that with this hire,” states Matt Barbour, Chair of the SMMC Board of Directors. “Cory is very highly regarded in the chamber circles across the great State of Maine and we’re confident that he’s going to bring great value to the SMMC, its members and our communities.”
“Chamber work is about telling the story of that region, and the Southern Midcoast has many great stories to tell. I know about some of the diverse restaurants, unique shops and industry leading manufacturers, but there is much to the region,” said King. “I’m excited to learn about and experience the region firsthand as the Executive Director so I can tell those stories that bring more tourists and businesses to the region.”
King grew up in Sidney, ME and has worked in various capacities in the Kennebec Valley region. He currently lives in Augusta, ME with his wife Beth Chasse-King who is a veterinary technician for a business in Freeport, ME. They plan on relocating to the Southern Midcoast area later this year.