Sarah Gaskill has been named the new president of the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce, replacing former president Carlotta Ungaro.
Gaskill, who now works at the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce as vice president of Small Business and Membership Services, will start the Morrisville job on May 18.
“Her experience and enthusiasm will be the catalyst needed to continue moving the chamber forward as Morrisville opens its next corridor for growth,” said Vanessa Jenkins, chair of the chamber’s board of directors, in a news release.
Gaskill said in the release that she’s excited to begin working with businesses in a “vibrant and collaborative community” such as Morrisville.
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“All eyes are on the Triangle because of the economic momentum we are generating,” she said. “I am committed to advancing the positive impact the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce has had and the great work that’s being accomplished.”
The chamber is in the midst of a membership drive. The chamber had about 500 members before the recession, then saw a dramatic loss. Before Ungaro left in January, she said membership had risen to 350, and she had been hoped to hit 500 once more this summer, before leaving for a similar position in Georgia.
There are more than 800 businesses registered in Morrisville, from one-man startups to international companies with hundreds of employees.
Gaskill could also have the dual duty of acting as the economic development director for Morrisville. Most towns in the area have a staff member in charge of economic development, but Morrisville contracted the work out to the Chamber when Ungaro was in charge.
Residents can meet Gaskill May 16 at the chamber’s annual East Meets West Festival, an afternoon of multicultural food, music, dancing and games from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Town Hall.