SLO Chamber of Commerce selects new president
May 19, 2011
Ermina Karmin has been named president and chief executive officer for the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce.
Karim, the current vice president of governmental affairs and economic development for the 1,400-member Chamber, was chosen from a national pool of 300-plus applicants to succeed Dave Garth as the Chamber’s top executive. Garth will retire on July 1.
A selection committee composed of the current chairperson of the Chamber Board of Directors and six former board chairs presented Karim’s name as the recommended choice at the Chamber board meeting Thursday morning. The board unanimously approved the action.
Karim’s background includes more than 15 years as a business communicator, experience in direct management, and almost four years of operational management at the Chamber.
“We are extremely pleased to have someone with Ermina’s depth of experience and proven success as our next president and CEO,” said Michael Gunther, current Chamber board chair. “We knew replacing Dave Garth would be an incredibly difficult task, but the response to advertising for the position was overwhelming.”
Prior to joining the Chamber staff in 2007, Karim had worked as a business reporter for The San Luis Obispo Tribune, and previously worked on Wall Street helping small companies go public.
“I am excited and honored to be chosen to lead one of our nation’s top Chambers of Commerce, said Karim. “We have a great legacy to build on and huge opportunities for strengthening our local business community.”