Rebecca Harned

Rebecca Harned

WILLIAMSTON – The search is over.

The Martin County Chamber of Commerce has hired Rebecca “Becca” Harned as the new executive director.

Originally from New Jersey, Harned recently moved to Martin County to be closer to family located in the communities surrounding Robersonville, Williamston, Jamesville and Greenville.

Relocating from Las Vegas, NV, she has spent most of the last 25 years working with businesses and nonprofit organizations, also teaching music privately, in schools and performing inside and outside the United States.

As the newly appointed executive director of the Martin County Chamber of Commerce, Harned’s vision is to promote further economic development in the county through collaboration and community partnerships. Her focus will be on continuing to make strides for improvement already taken by the former executive director in keeping with the mission of the Martin County Chamber of Commerce and its highly engaged board of directors.

“Rebecca has a lot of experience working with nonprofits and businesses. We are really excited to have someone with her expertise leading the chamber team alongside April Cooper, our membership and marketing coordinator, working to continue growing the chamber and our community,” said Board Member Chase Conner.

Harned’s desire is to see continued growth and connection between the businesses of Martin County, and to initiate and promote opportunities which will benefit the families and citizens residing here in the county and neighboring communities.

She will be out and about, connecting with businesses and citizens to gather ideas and to offer support as the chamber moves forward with community leadership in the rest of 2021 and beyond.

“We are thankful that Rebecca decided to come to Martin County and now to serve the community here. We believe her knowledge and experience will serve the people of Martin County as she partners with April,” said Martin County Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Kasey Fletcher.

When not working, her hobbies include enjoying the outdoors, music and arts, a good game of chess, billiards and cooking.

Harned began her role with the Martin County Chamber of Commerce on Monday, Sept. 8. This decision comes after a six-week search to replace, Conner, who took a position with Martin Community College last month.

Thadd White is Group Editor of the Bertie Ledger-Advance, Chowan Herald, Perquimans Weekly, The Enterprise & Eastern North Carolina Living. He can be reached via email at twhite@ncweeklies.com.