PORTLAND, ME - After a months-long search, a new Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO has been announced. Quincy Hentzel, who stepped in as Interim CEO in February, has been named the full-time CEO of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce. Hentzel is the first woman to lead the Chamber in a permanent position.
Hentzel was one of more than 70 applicants for the position, which oversees the day-to-day operations of one of Maine’s largest membership organizations.
In her short time as Interim CEO, Hentzel has committed to making the Chamber more representative of its communities by adding new initiatives, events, and programming.
“I am thrilled by this opportunity to lead the Chamber into our next phase. We need to change with the times and listen to what it is our members want and need,” Hentzel said. “We are being more inclusive – launching new events and focusing efforts on small business, immigrant-owned businesses and women in the business community.”
Prior to accepting the role of permanent CEO, Hentzel worked at Industrium, a fully integrated public relations/advertising agency, where she focused on public relations/public affairs work for a variety of clients across the country. Prior to Hentzel’s time at Industrium, she spent 11 years working as the Director of Governmental Affairs for the Maine Credit Union League, where she worked in Augusta and Washington, D.C. advocating on behalf of Maine’s credit union industry. Hentzel has also dedicated a lot of her time to causes she is passionate about – such as serving on the boards of directors of the Center for Grieving Children, Rippleffect and Community Financial Literacy.
“Quincy Hentzel brings a terrific set of skills to the role of Chamber CEO” said James Erwin, Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce Board Chair. “After an exhaustive search, we are very fortunate to have discovered that the best candidate for our CEO was working for us. While business leaders are networking in more and different ways, they still need a place to come together, and more than ever they need a collective voice. In her brief tenure as Interim CEO, Quincy has already demonstrated that she understands the Chamber’s unique role in meeting those needs. The Board is confident that under her leadership the Chamber will deliver the value that our members are looking for and the advocacy that they need, both in our communities and in our state,” Erwin said.
About the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce:
The Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce is comprised of five community chambers, eight communities and PROPEL, its young professionals organization. The Chamber has more than 1,250 member businesses, representing more than 65,000 people in the Greater Portland Area. The Chamber is a non-profit focused on business and economic development, advocacy, education, and programming.