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By Melanie Yingst

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Melanie Yingst

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TROY — Networking and the power of word of mouth is important throughout the Miami Valley region.

In fact, that’s how the new executive director of the Troy Area of Chamber of Commerce found her new career.

The position of executive director of the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce was vacant for nearly five months before Huber Heights resident Darla Cade was tapped to begin her work for the city of Toy.

Cade spent 15 years as a board volunteer for the Kettering, Moraine, Oakwood Chamber of Commerce and learned of the opportunity in Troy through a friend within Dayton’s chamber of commerce network.

“It is a world I am very familiar with and am very passionate about, so when I heard about the opportunity I applied and the rest is history,” Cade said Monday.

“New history,” interjected Troy Area Chamber of Commerce President J.C. Wallace with a laugh.

“Darla has a really strong background in human resources,” Wallace said. “We have a really good team that understands what it takes to have jobs and work for a living. I’m really encouraged with our new team to work on workforce issues here.”

Cade said the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce has a great foundation and hopes to bring her expertise in revitalizing networking events, changing the chamber’s award structure and improving the chamber’s sponsorship development.

“It’s a growing economy,” Cade said of Troy’s economic role in the region. “They have a lot of major players here.”

Cade said she was most proud of creating a women’s group in the south Dayton chamber and hopes to strengthen the Women’s Leadership Connection group with the chamber. Three years later, a branch of the women’s group in the chamber allowed men to join the organization and events.

Cade said she is excited to learn more about Troy’s businesses and how to better promote them.

“We’re looking at more social media avenues and just becoming the best partner that we can,” Cade said.

Cade has more than 20 years of corporate management experience in human resources management and marketing.

Cade resides in Huber Heights with her husband and 15-year-old son.

In her downtime, Cade said she enjoys attending all the events her son is involved in as well as playing the piano and singing.

The next major event the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce will be the job and career fair set for Sept. 18.

In the Troy Area Chamber’s press release, Cade said, “I am looking forward to being part of the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce and furthering their mission to support member success and grow the local economy. With 15 years of chamber experience creating networking events, chairing fund raisers, leading membership drives, supporting local businesses and promoting chamber benefits, I am excited to bring my ideas and passion to the position of executive director. I recognize the need for a strong chamber and realize involved members make the difference. I look forward to becoming a community partner, working with local businesses and bringing my ounce of difference to Troy.”

“We are really looking forward to having Mrs. Cade as part of our team here at the chamber,” Wallace said. “She brings outstanding skills and a great knowledge of the chamber business to our organization.”

For more information about the Troy Area of Commerce, visit www.troyohiochamber.com.

Melanie Yingst can be reached at myingst@civitasmedia.com, by phone at (937) 552-2204 or follow her on Twitter @Troydailynews.

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