Penticton Chamber names new executive director

Kim Kirkham brings 20 years of experience to the role

Kim Kirkham is taking over as the new executive director for the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce.

Kim Kirkham is the new executive director for the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce.

“The amount of impact that the chamber is committed to generating for our business community requires an executive director to have the skillset to hit the ground running,” said Neil Wyper, president and chair of the hiring committee. “The board is confident that Kim will be able to do just that.”

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Kirkham brings over twenty years of executive oversight, finance and customer service skills to the organization, according to the chamber’s press release.

Having worked in both the public and private sector, most recently with the District of Summerland, Kirkham holds a strong financial background in the banking sector and has previously served terms as the Penticton chamber’s finance committee director.

“We (the board of directors) are always looking for ways to develop and expand the impact of the chamber while serving the business community of Penticton,” said Wyper. “Kim has the ability to take programs and put them it into action while keeping our members needs at the forefront.”

As host chair, Kirkham was instrumental in securing the winning bid for Penticton to host the 2018 Scotties Curling Championship. She also served as curling chair for the B.C. Winter Games.

Chamber members will have their first opportunity to meet Kirkham at the Mayor’s Nominee Reception for Business Excellence Awards Recipients on Oct. 4, followed by the Business Excellence Awards Gala on October 14.