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Chamber of Commerce shows off new location

September 10, 2004|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Business and government leaders on Thursday strolled through the new headquarters of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, as the group's new president pressed the flesh and shared a few laughs with current and future members.

Brien Poffenberger, who replaced longtime chamber President Fred Teeter last month, said that so far he is getting a lot of encouragement.

"Just 'hi,' lots of congratulations, lots of good wishes. ... Everybody's been great," Poffenberger said.

Poffenberger said that while more government involvement is one of the reasons he was hired, the issues he and the chamber will support haven't yet been determined.

Poffenberger said he has scheduled time with Gov. Robert Ehrlich's staff to begin discussing best advocacy practices.

Others who had come to see the chamber's new home said Poffenberger seems a good fit.

Bradley Pingrey, who is in charge of the Washington County offices of M&T Bank, said Poffenberger has ramped up outreach efforts already by adding "so much more of a personal touch."

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Angela Petterson said she plans on joining the chamber now that she's about to start her own personal assistant business.

The networking possibilities are invaluable, she said.

After a brief chat with Poffenberger, Petterson said "he was very gracious and very encouraging. ... I didn't want to miss this opportunity."

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