CARTHAGE The Carthage Area Chamber of Commerce has appointed a new executive director.
Lori A. Borland, who has replaced Deborah L. Lee, brings more than 30 years of legal, office and accounting skills.
Ms. Borland, a 1979 Carthage High School graduate, worked for 27 years in Thomas P. Goodwins law office as a legal assistant.
As the housing rehabilitation program is so very important to our community, the smooth and consistent process of this program demands constant attention, which we feel Lori is able to bring to the chamber, said Teri L. Ellis, chamber president. Additionally, the demands of day-to-day operations require a person of many skills and abilities. The chamber office is a busy hub of information, events and developments.
Ms. Borland, daughter of Gerald D. and Norma P. Borland, was born and raised in Carthage. She was twice president of the chamber and said she is familiar with its events and programs.
My legal background will be tremendously helpful in dealing with the housing grants, as I am familiar with the procedures, she said. I have dealt with mortgages and real estate. The bank underwriting conditions are similar to the grant requirements.
The housing rehabilitation program provides free home maintenance and rehabilitation to income-qualified households.
She noted she also has sold her wood carvings at craft shows, which has honed her skills at dealing with the public.
I love being busy and this is a very busy office, Ms. Borland said. I hope to keep things moving on an even keel and to have a smooth transition. The board of directors is wonderful and I look forward to getting out and meeting more of the membership. The office may be contacted at 493-3590 or by email at email@example.com.