This is my last column as executive director of the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce. Nov. 1 will be my official last day of doing a job I love in a town I am passionate about.
The great news is that I now will have the honor of representing Genoa and the rest of DeKalb County as the new executive director of the DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau. I am eager and excited to begin this new role, but with every new beginning there must be an end.
I have been the executive director of the Genoa Chamber for almost six years. Over that time, I have been fortunate to work with the amazing businesses, community members and organizations in this town. If you have not spent much time in Genoa, you truly are missing out on one of the most amazing towns. Genoa is an outstanding place to live, work and grow a business. It is a quaint little town with an enormous heart.
The Genoa community is beyond exceptional, and it does not take long to feel at home here. It is a community of support and will rally around a neighbor in need. Several times over the past six years I have been overwhelmed as I witnessed the outpouring of love from this community. Small towns have their own heartbeat. They have their own life and breath. And just like people, they have their ups and downs, their good times and bad. Just like people, they come through hard times stronger, better and more loving. It has been a privilege to be a part of the heartbeat of Genoa.
I have had the amazing pleasure in my role to work with some of the finest people who exist. I could not have done my job successfully without their support. To list them individually would be an impossible task, not that they do not deserve that level of recognition. I hope you all know who you are and have felt my utmost appreciation.
I look forward to cheering on Genoa from my new position and know that the Chamber will be in capable, loving hands with its new director, Krissy Johnson. I have had the pleasure of working with Krissy for more than five years and I am excited to see the Chamber grow under her leadership. The best is yet to come!
The next time you hear from me I will be well into my new role at the DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau. My work at the Chamber has allowed me to be involved with several county organizations, Northern Illinois University, Kishwaukee College, several other community chambers and businesses. I could not be more excited to dive into this new role and continue the fantastic job our visitors bureau has been doing.
As the county’s only certified destination marketing organization, the bureau serves as a primary point of contact for meeting planners, sports tournament directors, tour operators, special event planners and travelers. Highlighting the many wonderful assets of DeKalb County as the new director of the DCCVB is going to be an honor.
• Cortney Strohacker is executive director of the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce.