Chamber selects new director of membership development

Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Linda Hershey announced today that John R. “Jay” Crawford has been hired as the Chamber’s director of membership development.

Crawford comes to the GARCC after serving as the director of communications for the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce and the vice president of the Greene County Chamber of Commerce, respectively. Crawford, who grew up in the Shenandoah Valley and is a 1984 graduate of James Madison University, is a communications specialist with more than 10 years experience in sales, marketing and development, and more than 15 years experience in Internet communications, web marketing and social media.

“Jay’s background is a perfect match to round off our talented staff and take our Chamber to the next level,” Hershey said.

“I am extremely excited about this opportunity,” Crawford said. “Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County have some outstanding established business people with whom I am looking forward to working. The area averages approximately 15 new startups each quarter, and the state projects continued growth for the community for the coming years. I believe this is the perfect time to be here and the perfect place to be.”

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