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Chamber announces new leadership

The Farmington Regional Chamber Board of Directors has announced Laura Raymer and Candy Zarcone have been selected as co-directors of the organization.

The chamber board recently voted to amend the structure of the organization, removing the position of CEO/president after the resignation of Dick Womack who led the chamber since November 2015.

“We are excited to begin a new chapter in the Farmington Regional Chamber and are confident we have the right team to do so,” said Board Chairman Phil Brockland. “With the experience, passion and talents of Raymer and Zarcone, we are prepared to take the organization to a new level. While the restructuring may seem a bit unique, we believe it to be an exceptional opportunity for our chamber, our community and our region.”

Raymer has served in a variety of capacities with the chamber since 1994. Her roles have included committee chair, ambassador, board of directors, chamber president/chair and foundation chair. Raymer served as administrative assistant of the chamber from 2004 to 2006 and returned in May of 2015 overseeing Operations and Member Engagement.

In her new role as director of Events and Program Marketing, Raymer will focus her skills on organization and event management.

“The Farmington Regional Chamber has a long and profound history and I’m excited to continue our work as we look to the bright future of our region” says Raymer.

A Farmington High School alumnus, Raymer has served in numerous non-profit positions throughout the years including president of the Downtown Farmington Organization, director of the Farmington Ministerial Alliance, board member of the St. Francois County United Way and Farmington Education Foundation.

Raymer lives in Farmington with her two children, who will graduate from FHS in 2019. In addition to theatre, movies, and reading she loves to take advantage of the abundant nature that surrounds the Parkland.

“This area is filled with beauty and most of all, amazing people," she said.

Zarcone has been a part of the Farmington community since 2007 and has been active in the Farmington Regional Chamber for many years, most recently serving as Public Relations coordinator with the organization since August 2017 in a part-time capacity. Her expertise in non-profit organizations includes promotion and networking for various agencies through both volunteerism and employment.

Most recently, Zarcone worked at LIFE Center, Inc. for five and a half years as the Employment Training coordinator. Previously, she served as public relations director for the Parkland Pregnancy Resource Center and was employed at Young Faith in Christ and the St. Francois County Community Partnership.

Presently, Zarcone serves on the Board of Directors for Serenity HospiceCare, Visions of Hope Training Program, Friends In Action Clubhouse and the St. Francois County Mental Health Board. In 2015, Zarcone received the KFMO/B104 Super Service award at the Farmington Regional Chamber Awards of Excellence ceremony for her work within the community.

In her new full-time position of cirector of Member Engagement and Business Development, Zarcone will utilize her extensive background in non-profit work to grow the organization for the betterment of its members.

“Working one-on-one with our members and organizations is exciting. We have such a variety of trades and talent in our area it is no wonder this region continues to grow. I’m honored to be a part of that growth and will work every day to bring additional resources to our community,” said Zarcone.

Prior to moving to Farmington, Zarcone was a leader for 14 years at the regional and national levels for Protestant Women of the Chapel, an Armed Forces chaplain-sponsored ministry to military wives. She is a graduate of Rhema Bible Training Center and King’s Way Missionary Institute.

Zarcone has three grown daughters and in her spare time enjoys hiking, reading and attending art-related events.

“I am blessed to be a part of this historic organization and look forward to serving the Parkland," she said.

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