The Evanston Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Eve Doi, IOM, as the Chamber’s new Executive Director. She begins work officially on May 16, 2011, but will attend the organization’s upcoming 91st Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation on May 11 to get to know members during the celebration.

Ms. Doi has been serving as Vice President of Communications and Chamber Operations with the Ames Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development in Ames, Iowa, for over seven years and stepped in as Interim Executive Director for a time. The Ames Chamber shares many attributes in common with Evanston, including a thriving local business community and a relationship with a university.

Sean T. O’Grady, Chair of the Chamber’s Search Committee  and Senior Vice President, Evanston Hospital, commented, “Our Search Committee comprised five members from the Chamber of Commerce, as well as five members of the Evanston community at large. We received insight and input from the City of Evanston, Northwestern University, the Evanston Community Foundation and a non-Chamber business leader in order to represent many aspects of the people and organizations with whom the Chamber collaborates. It truly was an inclusive experience and we are very proud that Eve accepted the position.”

With a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Iowa State University, Ms. Doi brings expertise in asking the right questions, understanding the big picture and striving to connect with a diverse set of stakeholders while representing the needs of Chamber members effectively. She also has experience running her own small business for five years where she created and coordinated public relations, advertising campaigns, and promotional events for a variety of clients.

Steve Hagerty, current President of the Chamber Board and President of Hagerty Consulting, said “The Board is excited to hire someone of Eve’s caliber who is committed to helping develop a thriving and engaged business community in Evanston. The Executive Director is one that first and foremost serves the needs of our members, then aims to collaborate with the City and non-profit sector to bring about increased economic development.”

“I’m really looking forward to meeting the members and getting to know Evanston again. This is a dynamic city that offers so much to the business community and surrounding areas. I’m excited to attend the upcoming Annual Meeting to start establishing some great connections,” said Ms. Doi, a Chicago-area native.

Ms. Doi has been involved in the Iowa Chamber of Commerce Executive Board of Directors, Leadership Iowa Board of Governors, “Ready to Run: Campaign Training for Women” Advisory Board, City of Ames Sustainability Task Force and Young Professionals of Ames. She was also recognized by Young Professionals of Ames with a “4 under 40” Award in 2008.

Doi replaces Jonathan Perman who held the position of Executive Director for 19 years until March 31, 2011.