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Brian Fabel named new executive director at Lander Area Chamber of Commerce

April 14, 2014 --- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ---

LANDER, Wyoming — The Lander Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Brian Fabel of Lander has accepted the position of Executive Director.  Fabel comes to the position with more than ten years of sales, marketing, and community outreach experience.  In his most recent position as the Special Projects Manager at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Fabel has been heavily involved in the Lander community, creating outdoor programs for Lander Valley High School students and providing educational clinics to community partners.  In his previous role as Marketing Coordinator he worked with clients such as NASA, the Naval Academy, Wharton Business School, and Google, as well as led an outbound sales initiative into new markets.

When asked about his new role at the Lander Chamber, Fabel remarked, “It is exciting to transition from one dream job to another—the common denominator of these positions being service to the Lander community.”

Additionally, Fabel ran the Lander International Climbers Festival (ICF) from 2011 to 2013, and now serves as Chairman of their Board of Directors. In his work with the Climbers’ Festival, Fabel helped produce the feature-length documentary Wind and Rattlesnakes; the Birth of a Western Climbing Town, which told the history of Lander climbing.

In response to the question of what he plans to address immediately in the new position, Fabel replied, “The first action item is working on the upcoming Fremont Toyota Lander Brew Festival, taking place June 13-14. Scott and Carol have already put in a great deal of effort on this year’s Brew Fest and I have them to thank for the solid foundation already in place.”

Fabel comes to the position with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Business Administration from the University of Arizona.  Fabel is in the process of completing a 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Colorado, Denver as part of their School of Public Affairs.

 “Brian has demonstrated leadership and the ability to drive projects and come up with innovative ideas in his previous positions,” said Frank Smith, President of the Lander Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. “We view Brian as an individual who can add value to our existing membership base while reaching out to potential new members and the community as a whole.”

Stepping into his new role as Chamber Director, Brian shared his hopes for the Lander Chamber, “In my first year on the job, I want to focus on relationships and furthering what we already do well. I am looking forward to meeting with our members and discussing the benefits they find most valuable, but also listening to their needs and finding ways we can improve the services and support to Lander businesses.”