The new president and chief executive officer of the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce wants to get to know the Chamber’s members before she does much of anything else.
Carolyn Hart will begin her job Oct. 15.
In a Sept. 21 news release, she said her first 100 days as president and chief executive will be dedicated to “actively engaging” the Chamber’s members to discuss how the group can serve and support the members’ business goals.
“I’m not a one-track-mind person,” Hart said in a Sept. 24 interview. “I need to understand what they need from their Chamber. . . . That will dictate where we go next.”
Hart will replace Carolyn McHugh, who served in the position for 14 years before retiring. Her last day at the Chamber was Sept. 21.
“I am so grateful to be able to follow in the footsteps of Carolyn McHugh,” Hart said. “Her leadership will be missed, yet she has provided the Chamber and me with a strong legacy and foundation for the future.”
During the interview, Hart said that McHugh has been “a world of help to me,” adding McHugh gave her a manual explaining the new position.
Hart, who has been a resident of Calvert County for 19 years, owns and operates a small business, Patuxent Wine and Spirits, in Lusby with her husband.
She will step down this month as the Leonardtown and Waldorf branch manager for ManpowerGroup, a workforce solutions company.
Andrew Applegate, chairman of the Chamber’s search committee, said in the release that Hart’s management and sales experience, her role on the board of directors of the Charles County Chamber of Commerce and her involvement in various committees with both county chambers “make her uniquely qualified for the position.”
Hart was selected for the position from a pool of more than 55 applicants.
She will resign from the Charles County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, where she has served for the past two years and has been a member since 2007.
Much of her involvement with the Chamber, she said, has been “more [toward] Charles,” where she has chaired the membership committee and been on the executive search committee.
Hart said she has been a member of the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce since 2010.
She said she will continue to serve on the Tri-County Council Workforce Investment Board, which serves as the policy and decision-making body for Workforce Investment Act funds to provide job-training services to adults, dislocated workers and youth, according to the board’s Web site.