The new CEO for the Greater Hermiston Area Chamber of Commerce is no stranger to helping businesses thrive.
Kimberly Nevil was announced as the organization’s new chief executive officer on Tuesday, and will step into the role April 22. Nevil, a Hermiston native, is currently a business and employment specialist with the Oregon Employment Department. In that role, she helps people looking for jobs in applying and preparing for work, and helps employers with hiring and human resource tasks.
Nevil said she is excited to start the new job.
“Hermiston is in an era of growth, and I look forward to working with the Chamber’s highly capable board and staff in helping businesses succeed,” Nevil said in a press release from the chamber.
Nevil will manage a staff of three people, which coordinates membership for 428 businesses and organizations. She will oversee the activities of several chamber committees, as well as the development of a new chamber office and workforce development center on South Highway 395 and East Evelyn Avenue across from New Hope Community Church.
Chamber board chairman Paul Keeler said Nevil’s energy and skill set will be an asset to Hermiston as the community continues to grow.
“She’s the right person for the chamber at the right time,” he said. “Kim is engaging, energetic and passionate about our community, and we’re thrilled.”
Nevil, a Hermiston High School graduate, earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Eastern Oregon University. She is a member of Hermiston’s chapter of PEO International, and enjoys sports and outdoor activities.
Nevil succeeds Debbie Pedro, who was the chamber director for 18 years. Pedro resigned in December to take a job with the Columbia Development Authority.