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Bemidji Chamber names Pfaff as new president

Deb Pfaff is the new president of the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce. (Submitted photo)

BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce has selected a new president.

The business organization announced Thursday that Deb Pfaff of St. Charles, Ill., has been selected as the chamber’s newest president. Pfaff will succeed Lori Paris, who’s held the position since 1999 and will retire at the end of the year.

As president, Pfaff will oversee the chamber’s day-to-day operations as well as manage its programs and services. She will start with the chamber on Nov. 27 and work with Paris for about four weeks.

“I think the people of Bemidji are going to be impressed with Deb. She strikes me as having a wonderful character and I think she’ll have a great passion for this position,” Paris said. “Her background seems to be so well suited for this position with the experience she brings.”

Pfaff was previously the marketing supervisor for the Addison Park District, located in the western suburbs of Chicago. Her work there resulted in several of her projects receiving professional awards and recognition from both the state and national levels, the release said.

More recently, Pfaff served as the volunteer director of communications and marketing for the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association. In recognition, she received the Vision Award from her colleagues in IPRA.

“As Chair of the Chamber Board of Directors, I would like to thank Deb Pfaff for applying and accepting the position and I’d also thank the selection committee for their diligence and hard work in choosing a new president,” board chair Chris Vacek said in the release. “Deb’s prior experience, capability to lead and her enthusiasm make her an excellent choice to lead the Chamber into the future.”

Pfaff is already familiar with northern Minnesota from family vacations and she has extended family in Park Rapids, the release said.

Matthew Liedke

Matthew Liedke is the city, county and state government reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. He also covers business, politics and financial news.

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