The Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors have named Kristin Craig the new Chamber of Commerce President, effective July 1, 2019.
Craig will step into the role upon current Chamber President David Haynes retirement. Haynes announced last month his plans to retire on June 30, 2019.
Craig will be the first woman to lead the Chamber as President in the organization’s 106 year history.
The appointment of Craig from Vice President to President was made during the Chamber’s regularly scheduled Board Meeting on Tuesday morning.
“This is an exciting time for the Chamber and its membership,” says Chamber Board of Directors Chair Brian Kooistra, Chief Operations Officer for Garmong Construction Services. “Kristin has shown great leadership and vision during her time at the Chamber. We have several initiatives underway and with
Kristin at the helm we have great momentum going into the future.”
A native of Argenta, Illinois, Craig has been employed by the Chamber since 2002 and has served in numerous capacities over her sixteen year tenure. An alumna of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, she returned to The Woods in 2016 to receive her master’s degree in leadership development. Her thesis study focused on the future of the Terre Haute Chamber.
“I’m grateful the Board of Directors trust and believe in me to continue the legacy and mission of the Chamber,” Craig says. “I’m incredibly dedicated to our community; advancing our members, our Downtown and the entire West Central Indiana region. I look forward to growing and expanding the Chamber, providing more support for local businesses and continuing the overall Chamber mission.”
Haynes applauded Craig as his successor on Tuesday. The board unanimously voted in favor of Craig as President.
“During my tenure as President I’ve witnessed great leadership and drive from Kristin and it was my hope that she would be given this opportunity to lead,” Haynes says. “I am thrilled with the board’s decision.”
In addition to her role at the Chamber, Craig serves on the board of several organizations, including: Art Spaces, Inc., United Way of the Wabash Valley, Terre Haute Young Leaders, Wabash Valley Leadership Institute and Rediscover Clinton. She and her husband Scott, both work in downtown Terre Haute. They reside in Clinton, Indiana with their three daughters, Amelia, Lily and Kate.