Alford named president of Putnam County Chamber of Commerce
The Board of Directors of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce has appointed Ashley Alford as the new chamber president. Alford, a Putnam County native, joined the chamber staff in June of 2010 and has served in many roles, most recently as vice president of the organization. She is currently continuing her education at the Institute for Organization Management through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and as a result of that, has brought back many ideas and initiatives.
Alford played a key role in launching the chamber’s new Area 34 shared worked space. Area 34 is in the chamber’s new facility on State Route 34 and is open to the business community. “The Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, its board of directors and the Putnam County business community at large have secured a definite win today that will have a positive impact on our community for years to come. Ashley loves Putnam County and is driven to work to make Putnam County a great place to do business. Ashley possess the right combination of professionalism, dedication and new forward thinking ideas to lead our organization into an exciting future,” said Glenn Yeager, chairman of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Alford is a graduate of West Virginia University, where she earned a degree in public relations and business administration. She is past chairwoman of the statewide young talent organization, Generation West Virginia, and the local organization Generation Putnam.
She also serves on boards for the Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission and the Putnam County Convention and Visitors Bureau. She is a 2013 Graduate of Leadership West Virginia and a 2015 Wonder Woman recipient.
Alford has previously served as a member of the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam Counties and a participant of the Habitat Putnam County Advisory Board.