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Day: October 18, 2011

Chamber adds staff to boost marketing

Stephan Wurzberg

Of the Keizertimes

Stephan Wurzburg has been hired to direct sales and marketing for the Keizer Chamber of Commerce.

Wurzberg, a 24-year-old Sprague High School graduate, said his position entails everything from recruiting new members to convincing visitors to come to Keizer.

After taking pre-nursing classes at Chemeketa Community College and working in Alberta, Canada as an electrician’s apprentice, Wurzberg got into sales for Withnell Auto Company. Gradually gravitating towards online sales, he found work with Santiam Technologies before starting his not-quite-full-time position with the chamber.

“I’m kinda all over the map – new membership sales, membership retention, special event coordination and sponsorship” in addition to visitors services, Wurzberg said.

He started Sept. 19. His first project is helping coordinate next year’s Sustainability Summit in partnership with the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce.

“He’s part of our desire to show added value – how the chamber represents the community and business organizations in this area,” said Christine Dieker, the chamber’s executive director.

Wurzberg said Keizer’s got tourism potential “because of Keizer being a gateway – it’s a key area people pass through to go to the coast, or to western Oregon,” he said. “And there’s a lot of things people don’t know about, like the Keizer Art Walk and the amphitheater.

He said businesses that aren’t chamber members should consider the networking opportunities – both from a professional and personal perspective.

That way, when you head into a local business “you’re not just going in and staring at a blank face; you actually know the person,” he said.

He and Savannah Perez are expecting their first child in March 2012. He lives in west Salem, but plans to relocate to Keizer.

Dieker is impressed so far.

“He seemed like a nice fit for our team, and I already received my first compliment on him from our building manager,” she added.