Douglas Named President of Dearborn Chamber of Commerce
Mich. (Feb. 12, 2002)-- Sharlan Douglas has been named president
of the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce. She will assume leadership
of the 600-member Chamber on March 4, 2002.
comes to the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce from the Eight Mile
Boulevard Association, where she served as executive director
since 1993. Douglas was responsible for establishing the consortium
of governments and businesses that was created to revitalize and
promote a 27-mile urban corridor through the heart of metropolitan
Detroit. During her leadership, the association secured a $3.4
million federal grant to improve bus stops in the Eight Mile corridor
and raised $350,000 for gardens and signage along the Eight Mile
brings extensive experience in economic development, fundraising,
marketing and association management," noted Joseph Murgalo,
board chairperson of the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce. Douglas
selection followed an intensive interview process by the chambers
Board members with the assistance of a professional search firm.
"We are confident that the president we have selected will
tap into the tremendous potential for growth at the chamber, while
building partnerships with the business community, governments
and other organizations. The directors were impressed with her
extensive experience in grant writing, small business incubation
and managing not-for-profit organizations."
previously worked as vice president of marketing and development
for the Michigan Center for High Technology, a not-for-profit
incubator for technology-based companies. She was also an account
supervisor for PR Associates, Inc., a Detroit public relations
counseling firm, with clients in Michigans travel and tourism
earned a BA in Journalism from Michigan State University and has
completed course work for a Masters in Urban Planning from Wayne
State University. She also received the Practitioners Training
Certification from the Michigan Economic Developers Association.
is a past president of the Royal Oak Rotary Club and includes
golf, gardening and theater among her interests. She is currently
a resident of Royal Oak.
succeeds Richard ONeill, the Dearborn Chambers executive
vice president, who is retiring after more than 14 years of leadership.
of the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce is to provide leadership by
developing a unified voice for member businesses through promotion,
assistance and the development of partnerships. For more information
about the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce, call (313) 584-6100 or
visit online at www.dearbornchamber.org.