Palmer named Queen Anne’s Cham­ber chair­man

Record Observer - - NEWS - By CHRISTOPHER KERSEY

CH­ESTER — Casey Palmer has been named chair­man of the Queen Anne’s County Cham­ber of Com­merce, giv­ing her the op­por­tu­nity to give to busi­nesses what has made her plumb­ing busi­ness a suc­cess.

Palmer and her hus­band, Ja­son own Palmer’s Plumb­ing, based in Queen­stown. The busi­ness started in 2008 and now em­ploys three people. Casey, who has a back­ground in mar­ket­ing, was work­ing at night to help her hus­band, who is the plumber, and then the busi­ness took off.

She has been a mem­ber of the cham­ber’s board of directors for six years and be­came chair­man in Jan­uary. Last Oc­to­ber at the Ex­cel­lence in Busi­ness meet­ing, the cham­ber mem­bers voted for the board that, in turn, ap­proved the ex­ec­u­tive board, in­clud­ing the chair­man.

“The rea­son I served on the board and love the cham­ber so much is be­cause it’s been a crucial com­po­nent to the suc­cess of my busi­ness,” she said. “It’s opened op­por­tu­ni­ties to con­nect with other busi­ness lead­ers and en­trepreneurs.”

Be­com­ing chair­man is a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion af­ter be­com­ing a board mem­ber, she said.

“I wanted to be chair­man,” she said, “be­cause I want to have the op­por­tu­nity to give back and help other new busi­nesses con­nect and find the same suc­cess that [the plumb­ing busi­ness] has been able to. I would say I live this and I’m very pas­sion­ate about that.”

Linda Fri­day, the cham­ber’s pres­i­dent, said it’s been fun and in­ter­est­ing to watch Palmer’s busi­ness flour­ish over the years. “If some­one is look­ing for di­rec­tion, they should reach out to the Palmers to get ad­vice on how they made it hap­pen,” Fri­day said.

The board meets monthly and has its “thumb on the pulse on what’s hap­pen­ing in the community and new busi­ness devel­op­ment and tourism,” Palmer said.

Her biggest goal as chair­man is to keep mem­bers con­nected through cham­ber events, monthly net­work­ing mix­ers, news­let­ters “and we work with county of­fi­cials to en­sure our mem­ber­ship is aware of new busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties from the county,” she said.

The cham­ber’s new web­site, qac­cha­m­ber.com, is a huge source of in­for­ma­tion and pro­vides mem­bers with the chance to mar­ket them­selves and their busi­nesses. Also, net­work­ing is key to building a busi­ness, which Palmer learned first hand with her plumb­ing busi­ness.

The cham­ber, she said, “pro­vided me with these net­works and con­nec­tions to help build my busi­ness. They made me aware of any­thing that was hap­pen­ing lo­cally. Through the cham­ber I’ve learned to value net­work­ing and get­ting in­volved in the community.”

Ad­di­tion­ally, the cham­ber has a direc­tory which is given out through­out the county and to the mem­ber­ship. “All of our mem­bers are printed in here, and it’s a great source of re­fer­ral,” Palmer said.

Re­cently, Palmer spoke at An­nie’s Para­mount Steak and Seafood House where she rec­og­nized the pre­vi­ous chair­man, Eric Hoff­man of the Hol­i­day Inn Ex­press, for his ser­vice, ded­i­ca­tion and lead­er­ship. Also, Palmer in­tro­duced the ex­ec­u­tive board mem­bers and the board of directors.

Be­sides her work at the lo­cal cham­ber of com­merce, Palmer has ex­pe­ri­ence at an­other cham­ber in a dif­fer­ent county.

She pre­vi­ously served on the Tal­bot Cham­ber of Com­merce’s Board of Directors for about a year since her busi­ness serves both Queen Anne’s and Tal­bot coun­ties. Also, she pre­vi­ously was pres­i­dent of the Ch­e­sa­peake Women’s Net­work of Queen Anne’s County, where she’s still a mem­ber.

Casey and Ja­son Palmer are own­ers of Palmer’s Plumb­ing based in Queen­stown. Re­cently, Mrs. Palmer was named chair­man of the Queen Anne’s County Cham­ber of Com­merce.

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