2023 ANNUAL CELEBRATION
The Annual Celebration offers an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and to kick off the New Year. Our outgoing president passes the gavel to the incoming president, we honor a Friend of the Chamber, outgoing board members, Top 5 Under 40 Honorees, and more. We welcome all to come network and celebrate the Chamber’s role in the community!
Thanks to all who attended the Chamber’s 2023 Annual Celebration January 30 at Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center. The event celebrated the successes of 2022 and gave a glimpse of what to expect in 2023. Below are a few highlights!
Kayla Fearing named
2022 Friend of the Chamber
Kayla Fearing, Director of Marketing for Hilltop Lumber, was selected as the 2022 Friend of the Chamber. Kayla is engaged in the Chamber’s Alexandria Area Young Professionals (AAYP) program and has served on the Leadership Team for the past three years. She is a regular attendee at AAYP meetings and events, and an active participant in the organization’s service projects. She is a current member of the Chamber’s Membership Team, Duffers Delight Committee, and Pride of the Lakes Marketing Committee. Kayla was the former Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Chamber and continues to be a strong advocate for the Chamber throughout the community.
The gavel is passed
2023 President, Tyler Notch, Executive Director at Grand Arbor by Knute Nelson, accepts the gavel from 2022 President Matt Gilbertson, Vice President Loans at Viking Bank. Gilbertson was presented with a caricature in honor of his year served as president. Notch’s theme for 2023 is “Better Than Yesterday.”
The Top 5 Under 40 Young Professionals honored
Each year, the Alexandria Chamber partners with Echo Press Newspaper to honor young professionals who are doing amazing things in our community. Numerous nominations were received from business leaders and community members for this honor. A committee made up of representatives from both entities judged the nominations and selected five honorees based on their professional achievements, community involvement, and overall depth of qualities.
Pictured Left to Right: Laura Hagstrom, Senior Project Manager, Hagstrom Engineering;
Kristi Van Ahn-Kjeseth, COO, Van Ahn and Company; Carley Noetzelman, HUD Service Finances & Human Resources Director, Alexandria Area YMCA; Samantha Beckman, Vice President of Marketing, Knute Nelson;
Brandy Quam, Controller, Douglas Machine.