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Larson ready to serve Waterloo Chamber

By on August 30, 2017 at 1:42 pm

Pictured at the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce’s meet and greet on Monday, from left, front row, are Chuck Pittman, Amy Hank, Shaundra Huebner, Laura Miller, Gary Hemmer, Chamber president George Obernagel, incoming executive director Kimberly Larson and outgoing executive director Jenny Bullock; back row: Kermit Constantine, Carol Vogt and Jessica Unger. (submitted photo)

Kimberly Larson brings six years’ experience from previous chamber of commerce leadership roles as she prepares to take on the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce executive director position.

But the St. Louis woman also carries with her an appreciation for the facets of Waterloo that define the small town, such as the historic downtown area surrounding the county courthouse.

“I think you’re wanting to protect that wonderful part of your history,” she told the Republic-Times.

For example, Larson, whose first day is slated for Sept. 11, said she has seen small business owners in downtown Waterloo take pride in caring for their facilities.

“You’ve got to recognize that and say, ‘We’re proud of that.’ There are a lot of places that don’t have that,” she said.

Larson, 57, is taking over for Jenny Bullock, who served five years as executive director. Larson was the CEO and president of the Webster Groves/Shrewsbury/Rock Hill Chamber of Commerce from 2000 to 2005…>>>

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