CONTACT:   Mark Hinde, Board Chair

    Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce



    Garden City Chamber Names Interim President

    Garden City, KS, September 6, 2017 - Mark Hinde, Chairman of the Board of the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce announced today that Kathleen Whitley has been named Interim President of the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce.  Whitley will serve as Interim President starting September 18, 2017.


    Whitley will serve in this capacity while the search committee works to find a new President, said Mark Hinde, Chairman of the Chamber Board, “Steve Dyer served as President since March of 2013 and has decided to go into private business.  Kathleen has a strong background in finance and management and will fit right in as interim President.”


    Whitley received her master’s degree in accounting from Fort Hays State University in 1975, worked as a CPA at Birney and Co. of Garden City from 1976 to 1988 and from 1988 to 2013, worked as USD 457’s CFO.   Whitley most recently served as interim superintendent of the Garden City Recreation Commission during their transition period in 2016.


    “I am excited to work with the staff, board and volunteers of the Chamber”, commented Whitley, “The Chamber is a strong business organization with over 450 members and some great programming.  I am looking forward to this role.”


    A nationwide search is currently being conducted by the Chamber search committee.  Applications are being accepted through September 30, 2017.  If you are interested in the position or want to learn more about it you can access information at www.gardencitychamber.net.


    About the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce

    The mission of the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce is to improve the quality of life, aid in economic growth and development, represent the business community on legislative issues and encourage cooperation between the public and private sectors.


    The Chamber of Commerce is the unified voice of the business community since its founding in 1888. A strong, dynamic business community benefits everyone in Finney County. The Chamber connects local businesses, service organizations and all levels of government to create an environment where people want to live, work and play.


    The Chamber is a not-for-profit business organization dedicated to creating a business friendly environment in Finney County. We are a membership based organization supported by membership dues and other revenues through events and sponsorships. We are not tax supported.


    Through a wide variety of programs and initiatives, the Chamber works to positively impact the quality of life in the region, while supporting the growth and prosperity of our members. Together with talented leaders in business, community, and government, the Chamber's volunteers and professional staff work to make this community a better place. From education to economic development, the Chamber of Commerce is committed to giving each member the opportunity to prosper in today's competitive business world.