Paul Stockwell has been named the new executive director of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce.
Stockwell, formerly the program coordinator for Delta County Economic Development, will provide a similar type of business support, with a focus primarily on Delta, as opposed to DCED's efforts countywide.
"When I think of the chamber, I think of being very active with the local businesses," Stockwell said. "It was the same with DCED, with a lot of communication back and forth with businesses and members on issues affecting the area. I already know a lot of business people, so hopefully it will be a smooth transition."
"We are very excited to have Paul as the chamber executive director," said chamber board president Portia Vigil. "His experience with economic development and his involvement with the community will be a great asset to the chamber and its members."
Stockwell is also familiar with the logistical challenges of putting together events, knowledge he will quickly apply to the Downtown Delta-Fest on June 28 and to Deltarado Days in late July. Fortunately, the chamber board is very "hands-on" and has done much of the groundwork, with support from former executive director Darnell Place-Wise.
Stockwell said he is looking forward to the summer happenings, because he believes there should be an element of fun in every job.
Stockwell was raised in Illinois and moved to Colorado 10 years ago. He and his wife quickly tired of the hectic pace on the Front Range and were delighted to find some acreage in the Olathe area with room for chickens, ducks, goats, a horse, their dogs and a large garden.
"We found just what we were looking for," he said. At that juncture, neither he nor his wife had a job. Instead they made a leap of faith -- the same leap of faith they made when they moved from Illinois. "I'm so glad we did," he said.
Monday was Stockwell's first day on the job, and with the Bicycle Tour of Colorado just a few days out, plus the usual influx of summer visitors stopping by the chamber office at 301 Main, he wasted no time getting down to work.