The Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is excited to announce the selection of Bill Marcum
as its new President and CEO, replacing retiring President, Rick Winsman.
is a veteran Marketing and Operations executive with thirty one years in the newspaper business, nine of those years in Longview as Director of Advertising and Marketing at The Daily News
In 2001 the Natt Family, former owners of The Daily News
, offered Bill
the opportunity to publish the Enumclaw Courier-Herald in Enumclaw, WA. In 2003 he
started the Bonney Lake Courier-Herald in Bonney Lake, WA. In 2008, Bill helped the Natt's
sell the two weekly newspapers to Black Press
He accepted the Advertising Director position at the East Oregonian in Pendleton, OR in October 2010.
An active Rotarian for the past 26 years, Bill also served on the boards of the Longview Chamber (before the merger), the Enumclaw Chamber and was a member of the Longview morning club.
As a board member of the Enumclaw Healthcare Foundation
for the past ten years, he
was committed to bringing healthcare to those who could not afford it and was passionate about raising funds to accomplish this goal.
Bill's wife Brenda worked for eighteen years with Bratrud-Middleton Insurance (now Propel Insurance) in Longview.
Many of you may remember Brenda as the puppy raiser for Canine Companions, with a puppy under her
desk most of the time.
In 2009 she changed careers and jobs, working for PeaceHealth / St. John's Hospital, greeting patients and scheduling appointments for Team B.
According to Bill
, "This opportunity with the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce
allows me to come back to an area I love and use the experience I have gained over the last 31 years to help businesses to be more successful.
I am excited for this new challenge and I look forward to working with all the businesses in Longview and Kelso once again".
will be starting his
new role on January 23, 2012.
Please join in welcoming Bill
and Brenda back to our community and look for Bill
to be contacting our membership to find out how the Chamber
can assist you best.