Chamber Names Kimberly Clarke Next CEODecember 27, 2018Kimberly Clarke has been named president and CEO of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce effective January 1, 2019, announced Chamber board chair Kathleen McDermott.
Clarke will succeed Nancy-jo Manney, who joined the organization as president and CEO in 1998.
Clarke comes to the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce with more than a decade of experience in the financial, restaurant and retail industries. She managed Springfield Town Center’s mall amenities, along with guest and merchant relations, and was instrumental in the growth of the Town Center’s guest loyalty program. Her professional background includes specializing in sales, marketing, event planning and developing client relationships.
A native of Boston, Clarke earned a BS in Marketing from Johnson & Wales University and later an MBA from Bowie State University. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Woman, American Marketing Association and participates in the Young Adult Ministry at her church.
“We are confident Kim will help us focus on continuing to grow the Chamber and enhancing its role in our community,” said McDermott. “Her knowledge of the area with her work at Springfield Town Center will bring immediate benefits to the organization.”
“We are very grateful to Nancy-jo for her 20 years of service to our business community,” McDermott added. “She has led our organization smoothly through a period of rapid change here in Northern Virginia – change in transportation, culture and diversity as well as in business growth.”
Manney is a member of the Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, the Coalition of Northern Virginia Chambers, Virginia Chamber of Commerce and US Chamber of Commerce. She served as vice president of the Transportation Association of Greater Springfield, treasurer of the Springfield Days Festival board and chaired the festival’s planning committee.
A lifetime resident of the Baltimore-Washington metro area, Manney and her husband Dave Manney are relocating to the Gulf Coast of Florida.
The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, membership-based organization supporting businesses in the Greater Springfield, Virginia area. Founded in 1957, the Chamber formulates and advocates positions critical to business, keeps members apprised of current community issues and provides numerous networking and education opportunities. For more information about the Chamber visit springfieldchamber.org.
Contact:Nancy-jo Manney, President | CEO(703) 866-3500