Holyoke Chamber of Commerce executive director and board member Jody Maupin is pictured in the chamber office in the Peerless Center. — The Holyoke Enterprise | Johnson Publications
Chamber board selects new director; Maupin looks to expand Spanish services
Holyoke Chamber of Commerce’s newest board member and executive director, Jody Maupin, has checked in at the chamber’s office on South Interocean Avenue and says he’s ready to bring stable leadership to a role that his fellow board members have been looking to fill since December.
The move is part of a career pivot for Maupin, who is taking online coursework in Spanish and plans to open a bilingual tax preparation business by the end of the year.
The Wyoming native said he was inspired during his service with the Holyoke Volunteer Fire Department to approach the chamber about the opening and step up his involvement in the community.
“For me it wasn’t so much seeing a career opportunity as wanting to give back,” he said. “I’ve been involved with volunteer firefighting since I lived in Wyoming, and wanting to give back to the community has always been a big deal for me.”
Chamber board president Elizabeth Hutches said chamber members had expressed their desire to have the board collectively take over the responsibilities of the director role after former director Monica Perry left in December. Ultimately, Hutches and vice president Tiffany Watson assumed the responsibilities of the director role on top of their full-time jobs elsewhere.
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