Michael Glover to direct Chamber of Commerce

Resume includes three years with Bend Visitor Bureau

Michael Glover of McCall, Idaho, will be the new executive director of the Hood River Chamber of Commerce.

Glover was hired Thursday by the chamber board, according to president Bob Fox. In his last position, Glover was director of sales and marketing for Shore Lodge in McCall. Before that, he served for three years as executive director of the Bend Visitor and Convention Bureau.

“He has real expertise in the areas of fiscal and budgetary management, and experience in brand awareness,” said Fox. “He’s also a good people person. He’ll relate to the community really well.”

Fox said Glover will start work this week and phase in over the next few weeks as he relocates from McCall.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity,” said Glover, 56, in a telephone interview. “It’s good to come into an organization that is set up well, nice to see the work that is already been done.”

“Mike’s abilities will be put to use when it comes to developing sponsorships, including national ones, for our events,” said Fox, who has been serving as acting executive director since January. “We have pretty high expectations for him.”

The former executive, Kerry Cobb, stepped aside to become chamber marketing director. She was hired for that job in 2010 and stepped into the executive job in 2011 when former executive Mary Closson departed.

Glover said he is happy that Cobb will be available as a resource.

“She has so much institutional knowledge and history,” Glover said. “That will allow me to focus on business development.”

Glover earned a Bachelor of Science from California State University in Sacramento and his work experience also includes work for the Lake Tahoe/Incline Village/Crystal Bay visitor bureau, and director of sales for Harrah’s Casino in Reno.

“I have a pretty broad experience in destination marketing and in similar destinations,” Glover said. “I also have a lot of experience on both sides of nonprofits, as a member and in working with boards.”

Fox said Glover will focus in his first 30 days on getting familiar with the chamber budget, procedures and policies, and getting to know staff and members, and familiarize himself with chamber programs.

“We have a great staff and we think he will fit in very well with them,” Fox said.

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