The board of directors of the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce announced the selection of a new president to take over from Jane Redicker, who announced her retirement last year after 17 years leading the organization.
Stephanie Helsing of Silver Spring, who formerly worked as director of membership development for the chamber, will begin her new position on March 20, according yesterday’s announcement.
“As president, Ms. Helsing will be the chamber’s chief staff officer responsible for day-to-day operations, working under the direction of the board of directors to develop and implement strategy and programs that fulfill the chamber’s mission of enhancing the economic prosperity of greater Silver Spring through robust promotion of its member businesses and unrelenting advocacy on their behalf,” the announcement reads.
Helsing will join the organization after serving at the senior manager of membership for the Public Affairs Council, “where she grew the organization’s U.S. membership, oversaw the development and implementation of new member services, and supported the expansion of membership in the organization’s Brussels office.”
“She brings impressive skills in membership development, program implementation, and communications. Most important, she knows Silver Spring from her previous position with us and as a long-time resident,” said Mike McCartin, owner of Joseph W. McCartin Insurance, Inc, and the current chair of the chamber’s board.
“I appreciate the impact that an organization like Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce has on the local businesses and the community at large,” Helsing said. “Living in Silver Spring and working in the policy realm for the last few years has educated me on the broad range of issues that impact individuals and businesses today and the innovative ways that organizations like the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce are meeting those needs.”