Linda Hendy of Paso Robles has been selected to lead the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce starting in early April.
Hendy, currently vice president of operations for the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce, was selected from a pool of 70 applicants.
She’ll take the president and chief executive officer positions formerly held by Joanne Main.
Main, who had held the position since 2000, died suddenly Jan. 25 at age 58. An estimated 400 people gathered at her memorial three days later to mourn the loss of the community leader, wife, mother and grandmother.
Atascadero chamber office manager Pat St. Clair has been the acting CEO in the interim.
Before working in Paso Robles, Hendy served as the chief financial officer for the Newport Chamber of Commerce for 11 years.
The Atascadero chamber’s 10-person selection committee chose Hendy from a group of four finalists after a monthlong search.
Hendy will be responsible for handling an annual budget of $330,000 and coordinating resources for 475 chamber members.
The pay range for the position is from $48,000 to $58,000 plus benefits and a car allowance, officials previously said. The specifics of Hendy’s contract were not disclosed.
The Paso Robles chamber is now looking to fill its office manager position, a role that was among Hendy’s duties as vice president.
The Paso Robles chamber posted the job on Friday and had 57 applications by Monday, CEO Mike Gibson said. He’ll continue to review additional applications as they come in, he said, with the goal of selecting someone by early April. The search is focusing on local candidates.
— Tonya Strickland
Waste company teams with Poly
A private company has committed $1 million to help provide education and new methods of making waste and industrial byproducts safer, Cal Poly announced.
The partnership between Waste Connections Inc. and Cal Poly aims to develop new technologies and practices for waste management.
The formation of the partnership’s Global Waste Research Institute will be a collaborative effort between students, faculty, professionals and the public.
The institute aims to be the central hub to educate and engage faculty, students and others on the risk to life and the environment posed by the waste and industrial byproducts.
For information, go to www.gwri.calpoly.edu.
— Nick Wilson