LENOX — The Chamber of Commerce has appointed Kameron Spaulding as its new director.
Spaulding, 28, who has been the chamber's part-time marketing director since March, succeeds Ralph Petillo, who stepped down last month to focus on his theater arts program at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School and to pursue other theatrical opportunities.
He was introduced to the chamber membership at a public meeting on Thursday at Shakespeare & Company. His new position is effective immediately.
Recently elected chamber President Robert Murray explained that after a search, the board voted to promote Spaulding.
"I am confident that Kameron will do an excellent job as our director," Murray said in a statement. "In addition to his marketing abilities, he has demonstrated strong communication, problem-solving and collaboration skills."
Spaulding, a Lenox resident, has been involved in town government for several years and currently serves as chairman of both the Planning Board and Land Management Committee.
"He has developed productive relationships with Lenox town government and the Tri-Town chambers," Murray said, referring to Stockbridge and Lee.
Murray has emphasized that forging closer ties between the business community represented by the chamber and Town Hall is among his priorities, as well as improving communications, enhancing the organization's digital presence and expanding membership to 200.
He has also advocated incorporating the Lenox Merchants Group, representing 35 downtown retailers, into the chamber, which represents 175 businesses and nonprofits.
Spaulding said he was enthusiastic about the opportunity to continue to help the Lenox business community.
"I am excited to be given this opportunity to work with both our members and of course our very energetic and skilled board of directors," he said.
Spaulding cited increasing the membership, expanding off-season tourism and working to attract new businesses to town as the major early goals he has set.
"We need to continue to find ways to work together to make sure the market here in Lenox continues to grow, we as a business community need that," he said. "Our town, because of the over $2 million a year we generate in rooms and meals taxes, needs that too."
Spaulding is a native of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and relocated to Berkshire County in 2011. He's a graduate of Rhode Island College, majoring in political science and communications.
Until now, he has served as a reporter for the Berkshire Record weekly newspaper in Great Barrington and as editor for the Record's sister publication in Pittsfield, the Berkshire Courier.