The Fairfax Chamber of Commerce has hired local resident Bob Kopelman as its new executive director.
Kopelman has a background in computer technology and social media consulting with nonprofit agencies in Marin and companies such as PeopleSoft. He is a 17-year resident of Fairfax.
“The chamber’s role is to enhance the community by promoting not only the business community but also the entire constellation of services in Fairfax that make it the special town that it is,” Kopelman said.
He said that the chamber would continue to participate in local events such as the upcoming annual Brewfest, which takes place March 16.
Kopelman said he expects to tap into his high-tech skills.
“That’s one of the reasons I was chosen for this position,” he said. “We’re ready to move forward with social media in an active way.”
He said he hoped to update the group’s website and launch Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as distribute the organization's newsletter via email to chamber members.
Kopelman attended City University of New York (CUNY). He replaces Wendy Baker, who served as the executive director for two years and retired in January.
"We are very excited about Bob's appointment as the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce's new executive director," Chamber Co-President David Smadbeck said in a statement. "He brings many years of experience in both nonprofit organization and technical expertise. Bob has been a Fairfax resident for the past 15 years and has shown a great affection for our community. We feel that with his help, the Fairfax Chamber will continue its quest to promote business and enhance the quality of life here in Fairfax."
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