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Gordon begins work as director of Mercersburg Chamber

June 16, 2007|by ASHLEY HARTMAN

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Mary-Anne Gordon's interest in civic activism, and 11 years of experience in marketing, promotions and sales, influenced her decision to apply for the position of executive director of the Mercersburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

Gordon began working as executive director on June 4. Her duties include membership services, office management, Chamber management and events planning.

Gordon plans to encourage growth in the Chamber and to promote both the past and present in the Mercersburg area.

"We have created a membership committee to increase membership in vitality and numbers," Gordon said.

Gordon plans to work with other Chamber members to preserve the past and promote the future in conjunction with the Franklin County Visitors Bureau. That would bring together the five Chambers in the county - Shippensburg, Mercersburg Area, Greencastle-Antrim, Chambersburg and Greater Waynesboro.

"They're (visitors bureau) the central location for us all to communicate as a county as opposed to individually," Gordon said.

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Before becoming executive director, Gordon worked as a consultant for Franklin and Fulton counties with The Phillips Group, where she consulted on workflow processes with software and technologies. Gordon continues to work with the company.

Gordon said she fell in love with Franklin County when she visited it for the first time in 1997.

Gordon, her husband, Don, and their son, Stephen, now 16, moved to Mercersburg seven years ago because of her husband's job.

"When we knew we were going to relocate, we investigated school districts in Washington County and Franklin County," Gordon said. "We couldn't deny the appeal of Mercersburg."

The executive director position became available when Liza Main, the previous director of nine years, retired.

Gordon interviewed for the position in early May and was offered it in mid-May.

"We just like Mary-Anne's enthusiasm and presence," said Theresa Gourley, president of the board of directors for the Chamber. "(It was a) pretty exciting variance of applicants."

It was a challenge to replace Main because she had accomplished a great deal, including increasing the Chamber's membership from 80 to more than 160, said Shawn Meyers, secretary of the Chamber's board of directors.

"She did so much for the Chamber," Gordon said. "I see (the challenge) more as a positive."

Gordon was born and raised in Rhode Island, attended the University of Rhode Island and has a bachelor of arts degree with a concentration in marketing.

The Mercersburg Area Chamber of Commerce includes Warren, St. Thomas, Peters and Montgomery townships, as well as the Borough of Mercersburg.

There are 166 members in the Chamber, the majority of which are businesses, Gordon said.

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