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New director named for Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce

April 22, 2004|BY RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - MaryBeth Hockenberry, who on Wednesday was named executive director of the Greater Waynesboro Area Chamber of Commerce, said she's ready to take on the challenge of the revitalization of downtown Waynesboro.

Hockenberry, 40, assistant vice president and financial services consultant at Sentry Trust in Waynesboro, will take over the chamber's operations from Carol Henicle, who has held the post for 10 years.

Waynesboro's downtown business core, marked with many empty store fronts," is definitely a challenge," Hockenberry said.

"I've been a witness to the decline since I moved here," she said.

Hockenberry, who moved to Waynesboro in January 1993, said she has seen the loss of big downtown stores such as J.C. Penney and Routzahn's, a furniture store.

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Hockenberry moved to Waynesboro because of her husband, Michael's, job. He is director of allied services at Waynesboro Hospital.

"One of my strengths is that I'm not a person afraid of change," she said. "My background and education will help me to pull residents - long-time and new - to work together. We all want different things and we all want the same things."

Hockenberry earned a master's of business administration at Frostburg State University and a bachelor's degree in medical technology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She grew up in Beaver County, Pa.

She has been in her current job for three years. Prior to that she worked as a financial consultant.

Hockenberry and her husband live on Bayer Drive in Waynesboro with their three sons, Matthew, 12, Mark, 11, and Ross, 8.

She declined to discuss her salary.

Henicle, 55, the agency's only full-time employee, earns $38,000 a year with no benefits.

Hockenberry will take over the office May 17.

The Chamber has an annual budget of approximately $100,000, has 375 members and a part-time secretary in the office at 323 E. Main St.

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