Palmer named Queen Anne’s Chamber chairman
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.