Daryn Soldan named new Executive Director


SoldanHeadShotThe Wamego Area Chamber of Commerce officially announced today that Daryn Soldan has been named as the new Executive Director effective June 20th.  Daryn brings with him a wealth of small business consultation knowledge and prior Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development experience that will be an exciting addition to the continued growth for Wamego Chamber membership and events.

Daryn joins the Wamego Area Chamber of Commerce from his prior position as a small business consultant with the Kansas Small Business Development Center where he served a six county region partnering with local Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development entities to provide education and consultation with local business owners and prospective entrepreneurs. In addition, Daryn has also taught business and entrepreneurship courses at both Kansas State University and Manhattan Christian College.  He also brings with him prior Chamber of Commerce experience, having both served as the Business Manager for the Junction City Chamber of Commerce as well as the Economic Development Coordinator for the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce.

“I’m very excited for this opportunity to lead the Wamego Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has a strong foundation of members, volunteers and staff that will continue to grow and do great things. My wife, Melissa, and I are fortunate to call Wamego home. We look forward to a bright future for the Chamber and the community.”

Said current Chamber President Corey Reeves, “The challenge for any job search is to find someone who will provide a bridge between the excellent work of the past as well as find a path for continued growth.  With Daryn’s valuable community business building experience as well as his passion for Wamego we believe we’ve found the perfect person to lead the Wamego Chamber now and for the future.”

Daryn Soldan will be formally introduced to the Chamber membership and community on June 20th during the June Chamber of Commerce Luncheon at the Columbian Theatre at 12pm.

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Chamber Recognizes Community Members, Organizations with Awards at Annual Celebration

On January 30 at the Columbian Theatre, 200+ Chamber members witnessed five memorable award presentations at the Annual Celebration. Each year, the Chamber thanks its members and the contributions of the community at the Annual Celebration, highlighting those individuals and organizations who have impacted the community over the past year and over a lifetime. Award winners are listed below with links to their award videos!

Impact Award – Troy Hemphill, VIDEO    Troy was honored for his selfless dedication to teaching, coaching, and entertaining the community by directing “Hoo Haw” for many years. His dedication to service over decades has made a difference!

Impact Award – OZ Museum, VIDEO    The OZ Museum has seen tremendous visitor number growth in the past 3 years, seeing almost 40,000 visitors in 2015. The economic impact for Wamego and neighboring retail and restaurant businesses is great.

Impact Award – WHS NHS Honor Flight, VIDEO   The NHS Honor Flight bridges generations of high school students with veterans on a trip of a lifetime each year, visiting Washington D.C. war memorials and creating lasting memories and relationships for a lifetime.

The Spirit of Wamego Award – Charlie White, VIDEO   Long-time Wamego resident and business owner (Bank of the Flint Hills), Charlie White, was recognized for his service of distinction to Wamego over a lifetime, playing integral roles in Chamber, economic development, volunteerism and servant leadership in the community.

Citizens of the Year – Bob & Lorinda Sultzer, VIDEO    Dynamic duo Bob and Lorinda Sultzer were honored for their creative volunteerism for the Columbian Theatre productions, OZ Museum, Community Health Ministries Farmers Market, and Pyro Crew sound among other activities.

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