Then-Yelm Chamber Executive Director Casey Cochrane featured in The Olympian
Photo credit: Steve Bloom, The Olympian Staff Photographer
“Five questions for Casey Cochrane, Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce executive director“
was the title of a very high-profile article by Rolf Boone in The Olympian last month. On Monday, May 18, Yelm Chamber of Commerce President April Sage announced that the new Executive Director is no longer with the organization. No reason was given in the Press Release and is very mysterious.
Cochrane was chosen by the Yelm Chamber Board of Directors last December after former Executive Director Cecelia Jenkins retired. Cochrane came to Yelm highly touted and with an extensive resume perfectly matching his skill-set for the Yelm Chamber Executive Director position. Early on, he reached-out to various leaders and business owners in the community getting to know all of the facets to remold the Yelm Chamber to be a more dynamic, financially self-sustaining organization. In a recent conversation with me, Cochrane stated one of his immediate goals was to develop revenue sources to be able to expand the Chamber beyond annual fundraising events. Cochrane was also working to be more aggressive with the Chamber being an advocate in support of local businesses, even joining with the Yelm Business Assn. (this writer is a founding Board member) to co-sponsor local business forums.
The lack of details from the Chamber on Cochrane’s departure within 6 months of his being hired is very ominous. We can only hope that whatever issues the Chamber Board had with Mr. Cochrane and/or vice-versa are made transparent for new applicants and the Yelm Chamber members.
Applicants for the Executive Director postilion may send their resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Yelm Community Blog wishes Casey Cochrane well in his future endeavors. He brought a welcomed passion, vigor, professionalism and upbeat attitude in all of his public presentations and meetings.