North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce names new executive director

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Staff Writer
Published: 9/12/2019 6:20:27 PM
Modified: 9/12/2019 6:20:17 PM

ATHOL — A state-level political aide has been named the new executive director of the North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau.

According to a statement from the organization, Missi Eaton was chosen after a search by the North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce board of directors to replace the former executive director, Mark Wright, who has chosen to go back into the private sector.

Eaton has been legislative aide to local state Rep. Susannah Whipps, I-Athol, since Whipps’ first term in office, which began in 2015, and has spent her time “engaging with the communities the chamber serves” while running Whipps’ district office, providing constituent services and acting as a liaison between state and local officials, according to the statement.

“Before I interviewed for the director’s position,” Eaton said, “I told my husband that it felt like the logical next step — using the skills, relationships and insights I gained to continue the work of the chamber.”

The North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce serves 11 towns — Athol, Barre, Erving, Hardwick, New Salem, Orange, Petersham, Phillipston, Royalston, Warwick and Wendell — and promotes business and economic growth.

Whipps said Eaton’s appointment as executive director is a “loss to my district office,” but added she is “very excited for (Eaton).”

“In the last several years she has proven her commitment to the people of this region, and I’m sure she’ll continue her great work as director of the chamber,” Whipps said.

Eaton has been an Athol resident with her husband, Dan, for 20 years, and has two adult daughters. She reported to her position on Sept. 3, and said her time working locally and at the statehouse with Whipps has given her the experience to succeed as executive director.

“This area has seen growth in new business over the past few years, and the chamber has been instrumental thanks to the hard work of Mark Wright and the board of directors,” Eaton said. “I’m very excited to begin this new role and look forward to assisting current and future members of the chamber in promoting and improving the business environment of the North Quabbin.”

Reach David McLellan at or 413-772-0261, ext. 268.

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