Chamber director steps down

Posted: Thursday, April 01, 2010

After two-and-a-half years of service as the executive director of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce, Tina Baldridge has stepped down.

"My last day was Friday," she said.

Baldridge turned in her notice but because her husband, Jeremy, had landed a better position with his employer, ConocoPhillips. That takes the family to Alberta, Canada, for three years.

Baldridge said she was sad to be leaving the position.

"It was so much fun and a great opportunity to meet people and participate in community events," She said. "It was a great learning experience and one I'll definitely miss."

Baldridge said she would equally miss living in Kenai.

"It was nice to live in a community where everything we do is contributed to by friends and neighbors," she said. "We're from Alaska, but moving to Kenai was a warm, open-armed experience, and it was great to be a part of that."

In their new home, Baldrige said she will spend time focusing on family.

"I'm planning on staying home for a while with our 8-month-old daughter," Baldridge said.

Carol Bannock will take Baldridge's place. Bannock has been a Chamber member since 2001. She accepted the new position and started full-time on Monday.

"Carol brings a lot of experience with her," Baldridge said. "She was the assistant to the director few years back, and she has a good head on her shoulders, so I think the community will be really pleased with her performance."

Baldridge said she wasn't sure about the future after the three years in Canada are up.

"I've lived in Alaska for 23 years," she said. "It's definitely home, so we'll be back, we're just not sure where or when."

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