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Chamber welcomes new director
Position key for events, marketing
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Laura Stewart is the new director of communications and events for the Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce. - photo by Autumn Vetter

The Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce has a new director of communication and events.

Laura Stewart began her new role this week, following the departure of the former director, Lindsey Nelson, earlier this spring.

While she’s been on the job just a few days, Stewart, who formerly worked as an event planner for 103 West in Buckhead, said she’s enjoying the position.

“Meeting everyone, the team, has been nice and everyone’s been so welcoming and eager to help,” she said.

Stewart graduated from the University of Georgia in 2009 with a degree in public relations.

Before working at 103 West, Stewart spent time at a wedding venue in Roswell, with the Fox Theatre and Office of Special Events at UGA.

In addition, she worked on Lee Hawkins’ congressional campaign in 2009.

“Long term, I want to use the skill set that I have to better the chamber and better the events that we’re doing and our marketing efforts and just see how I can, not just fill a role, but hopefully bring more ideas to the table,” she said.

James McCoy, president and CEO of the chamber, said he feels Stewart will take the organization’s marketing and events to a new level.

“This position is really, really critical to the work of the organization since the vast majority of businesses and members … their sole interaction with us is through certain key events,” he said.

“Even though there’s a lot more going on … it’s critical that this position be one that’s delivering really high-quality events that are reflective of the organization.”

According to McCoy, the other part of the position is “managing our communications.”

“We have really stayed focused on making sure that the quality of content of those communications, the openness and two-way communications remain open and vibrant,” he said.

For her part, Stewart is happy to work on the chamber’s “team.”

“I honestly am most excited to work with the group of people here at the chamber. I just think they have such a good team,” she said. “I like that because I came from a sales environment where your team was just you, and you were reaching your goals on your own. So it’s nice to have some more support from people.”

Stewart, who lives in Buckhead, said she’s looking forward to getting more familiar with Forsyth County over the next few weeks.

“I kind of know my way around the community, but I’m excited to get more involved and really [learn about] the inner workings of everything and how we can make things better,” she said.