The newly named interim executive director for the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce would like to see the position become permanent.

The newly named interim executive director for the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce would like to see the position become permanent.

The board of directors named Tammy Proctor interim director Oct. 22 following Craig Stinson’s Oct. 17 resignation from the position. Proctor will hold the position for approximately 120 days but has plans of applying for the permanent position.

She said she wants to bring value to the chamber membership by making sure businesses don’t feel like they are part of a booster club through more networking opportunities, discounts and other programs yet to be developed, she said.

Stinson's resignation, according to Proctor, was the result of personnel issues. She would not provide additional details.

The board, according to Proctor, will need to approve the programs she wants to implement, but her big plan is to give members “the ultimate benefit.”

“We want to enhance the benefits,” Proctor said. “We’d like to see more than just hanging out at the restaurant ... to learn from each other and benefit ... by working with each other business to business.”

Having lived in the local area for two years, Proctor has volunteered with the Hampstead Chamber of Commerce and previously with the Stark County Chamber. When the Topsail and Hampstead chambers merged, Proctor said she was “floored” but was glad she was chosen to serve.

“Chambers are vital to a community,” Proctor said. “I think Topsail is a place to make memories ... I think it’s a great place and we don’t have a lot of challenges to face — we just have a lot of opportunities.”

Charles Strickland, the chairman of the chamber, said it was an easy choice to bring Proctor onto the team.

“She’s got experience and has been an executive director of a chamber before,” Strickland said. “She helps us because she was part of the Hampstead chamber. She gives us a familiar face and a whole lot of experience.”

Proctor will be the point of contact for more than 300 chamber members and will also organize fundraisers, ensure that the chamber is adhering to all bylaws, manage all social media and more, Strickland said.

Expanding with the Hampstead chamber has created a chamber responsible for nearly 200 businesses in six towns from Scotts Hill to Sneads Ferry.

“It’s a fairly extensive position,” Strickland said. “There’s been a running theme over the last four years to where the members have been begging for more benefits. She’s being challenged with producing that benefit and giving out more information and driving commerce as opposed to just tourism.

“Her experience and wealth of knowledge on the area set her ahead of the competition … It set her above anybody else we were considering.”

For more information about the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce, call 910-329-4446 or stop by the office at 13775 Highway 50, Suite 101.