New Membership Director at Chamber/Bureau
Last March, the Park City Chamber/Bureau hired Kristin Carpenter as its new membership director to fill the spot left by Courtney Stern, who had served in the position for the previous year and a half.
The position, which acts as "the liaison between the Chamber/Bureau its 1,000-plus members," has been a good fit, Carpenter said.
"I’m really outgoing and I love to meet new people," she said. "I also love to be the one people come to for answers."
Carpenter, who is originally from Wisconsin, previously worked for Destination VIP in Park City selling travel services to corporate groups coming to town.
"That helped in terms of my communication and sales skills," she said. "As membership director, I do sales in a way I’m selling membership in the Chamber."
She also said the job helped her get to know Park City, its businesses and its residents.
"I sold Park City to corporate groups as a destination planner, so I know what the area has to offer," she said. "I know people and I know tourism."
Prior to moving to Park City in April, Carpenter lived in Salt Lake and worked in the sales department for the gift division at Mrs. Fields. She moved to Salt Lake from Milwaukee where she worked as an environmental manager for a printer.
Carpenter has an undergraduate degree in environmental science from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, although she also studied business.
She first came to Utah in 1999 because her boyfriend, Cory Carpenter, to whom she is now married, came to train for the 2002 Olympics.
"My husband is a speed skater and was on the ’98 Olympic team," she said. "The team moved to Park City to prepare for the 2002 Games, so it was really speed skating that brought us to Utah.
"Cory was living out here on and off for training camp and we fell in love with the mountains and the outdoor environment. It wasn’t until 2003 that we made it permanent."
Despite his hard work and training, Cory didn’t make the team for the Salt Lake Games. His brother, Kip Carpenter, did make the team and Cory was able to watch him win a bronze medal.
Kristin and Cary married and eventually moved to Park City a few days after Carpenter’s first day at her new job with the Chamber/Bureau.
Carpenter is responsible for providing service to existing members, recruiting new members and planning member events, which include trade shows, mixers, new member breakfast orientations, luncheons with speakers, job fairs, rodeos and parades.
"A lot of my day is fielding phone calls and emails from our members," she said. "I’m also tasked with recruiting new members, but because of our standing in the community most people come to us.
"I didn’t expect to have so many hats to wear, but I like it. I like to stay busy."
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