Sexton named to head Mercer Chamber of Commerce

August 22, 2004|GARY MOYERS

HARRODSBURG - The Mercer County Chamber of Commerce has named a veteran of the corporate communications profession to be its next executive director.

Brenda Sexton, a resident of Danville and native of Mercer County, will assume the post Sept. 1, replacing Stephanie Rogers, who resigned in June after five years at the organization's helm.

"I am very excited," said Sexton. "I want to hit the ground running. I look at this position as a huge challenge because Stephanie has done such a tremendous job here. I want to build on what she's done in the past five years by continuing to grow and serve our membership.

The Mercer Chamber of Commerce has approximately 150 members, according to president Richard Webb, and serves as an advocacy and service group for its members.


Sexton, who retired from Corning Incorporated in Harrodsburg in 1996 as corporate liaison communications officer and event coordinator, most recently served as an administrative assistant to the president and human resources officer at Matsushita Home Appliance Company in Danville.

"I was involved in community relations projects at both companies, and that gave me a good feel for my new position with the Chamber," she said. "The Mercer Chamber of Commerce is an important part of the business world in Mercer County, and I look at this as an opportunity to help expand its role."

Sexton said her Mercer County upbringing gives her a vested interest in the area's commercial development.

"Mercer County will always be my true home," she said. "My father was a barber and Mercer County businessman, and I know the importance of having a chamber of commerce that works for its members."

Webb said Sexton rose to the top during the interview and selection process.

"We had a lot of quality applicants for this position, and once we narrowed them down and began the interview process we were very impressed with Brenda's ability to communicate and with her past record of organizing and managing events," said Webb. "We're excited about her coming on board and moving the Chamber forward."

Sexton is married to George Sexton, a native of Burgin who owns and operates Appraisal Associates of Danville and Sexton Insurance Agency. They have three children and six grandchildren.

Webb said he appreciates the work put in by Rogers during her tenure as executive director, and believes Sexton will build on her work.

"Stephanie has been an outstanding leader for five years and we know Brenda will take the reins and keep us heading in the right direction," he said.

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