Sartain Named New Chamber Director

Sartain Named New Chamber Director

December 28, 2016
Article by: Kelly Lapczynski, staff writer
The Tullahoma News

The Tullahoma Area Chamber of Commerce will welcome a new Executive Director in the new year as Diane Bryant steps down after 12 years at the helm.

As chamber board president Ken Keller prepared to pass the torch to incoming director Hope Sartain at the chamber’s monthly membership coffee last Tuesday, he said, “Diane certainly gave her heart and soul to our community and to the Tullahoma Area Chamber of Commerce.”

Bryant, he said, “leaves a legacy of excellence, professionalism, poise and, always, purple.”

Welcoming Sartain, he said, “I know she, too, will go the extra mile for our community here in Tullahoma and for the Tullahoma Area Chamber of Commerce. She’s a team builder in our community and she loves people.”

Sartain also brings a lot of “sweat equity” to the position, said Keller.  “She’s always the first to volunteer and serve.”

For the last eight years, Sartain has risen through the ranks of the chamber while also winning a litany of chamber-sponsored awards.

This year alone, Sartain was recognized by the chamber for her volunteer contributions to the community as one of four “Women Impacting the Community” and as one of five “MVP Rising Star” emerging leaders.

Sartain said she was both “thrilled and honored” to be named as the chamber’s next executive director and thanked her previous employer, The Exchange Media Group, for their support of her community involvement during her time there.

“I am extremely passionate about the chamber,” said Sartain.  “I started as an ambassador, then I served my term on the ambassador board.  Then, I moved up to the board of directors and then on to the executive board and each year the passion for the chamber grew and I wanted to know more and learn more and be a part of it more, so when the opening came up, it was kind of a no-brainer.”

“I think her passion and her hands-on experience are going to serve her well and serve the chamber very well,” said Bryant.

“Initially, I have a lot of listening and a lot of learning to do,” said Sartain.  “But I do have some ideas.”

“I am very fortunate for (chamber administrative assistants Ashton Barnett and Jennifer Young) and what a fantastic team I have to walk into and what assets they are to the chamber,” said Sartain.  “I’m going to be relying heavily on them.”

“I’m 30 and I just got my dream job,” said Sartain.  “I have big shoes to fill, but I’m going to do the best that I can.”

Sartain officially begins work on Jan. 3.