Hardin County Chamber of Commerce introduces new president and CEO
Experienced economic development and advocacy leader takes the helm
Elizabethtown, Ky. (April 27, 2021) — Hardin County Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Brian Kerr introduced today Margy Poorman as the Chamber’s next president and CEO, effective June 1, 2021. Poorman brings an extensive background in economic development, advocacy and municipal experience positioning the Chamber for continued growth.
“The Chamber Board, President’s Circle and the search committee are excited to bring Margy to Hardin County and introduce her to our outstanding community,” Kerr said. “Hardin County is fortunate to have connected with someone of Margy’s caliber to lead this organization. Her vision and expertise for advancing economic development and advocating for pro-business policies and initiatives is just what our Chamber needs as we continue to build on the great foundation already in place.”
After an extensive interview process, Poorman’s experience as an economic development director for the City of Canton, Ohio, as well as her public policy experience set her apart from the pool of candidates according to Kerr.
Chamber President’s Circle member Carl Swope added that Poorman’s economic development background will be a great resource to the region in the recruiting and retention of businesses.
“Margy has a passion for bringing people, businesses and municipalities together to grow business and industry and advance the economy,” Swope said. “That is the synergy that our communities need to maintain and continue to grow with a regional perspective.”
Poorman brings more than 19 years of experience in development, policy and legislative affairs with extensive experience in engaging government, business and nonprofit entities. Most recently, Poorman served as the public policy and legislative coordinator for AultCare, a healthcare insurance provider in Northeast Ohio.
The position required strong relationships with state and federal legislators, as well as the ability to advocate on behalf of the healthcare system and the region. This experience will be of benefit to Poorman in Hardin County, where Fort Knox plays a significant role..
Prior to her time with AultCare, Poorman served as director of economic community development and planning for the City of Canton. In this cabinet-level position, she reported directly to the mayor and managed a $5 million budget. Additionally, Poorman implemented strategies that promoted economic and community development for the city and provided in-depth strategic planning for the community.
“During my career, I have seen firsthand how public-private partnerships among businesses, nonprofits and municipalities can advance meaningful public policy and economic development and grow communities,” said Poorman. “I look forward to continuing the strong relationships forged by the chamber and the outstanding work of outgoing President and CEO Brad Richardson.”
Today’s announcement follows a three-month national search to replace Richardson, who retired from the Chamber after 10 years of service.
Poorman will be moving to Hardin County in the coming weeks with her husband, Dave, daughter, Katie, and cat, Charlie.