April Spalding has taken the reins as Executive Director of Grayson County’s Chamber of Commerce, and is in the process of familiarizing herself with the workings of the Chamber and its members.
Spalding is a native of Grayson County, having graduated from Grayson County High School in 2004 as April Kinkade. While at GCHS, she played four years on the volleyball team under Nancy Mudd, and played softball for two years under John Skaggs.
After graduation, Spalding started her college work at Elizabethtown Community & Technical College. She was there for a year, when an offer came to her that sent her off to Louisville. She would work at the Louisville Slugger Museum and go to school at Jefferson Community & Technical College, with the Slugger Museum picking up her college fees.
While in Louisville, Spalding worked as a tour guide for the first six months, eventually working her way up the ladder. She worked there for a total of 10 years and finished her tour of duties in the Group Sales office. At the same time she earned her Associate Degree in Business Administration from JCTC.
While in Group Sales, Spalding was able to meet people from all over the world who wanted to come to Louisville to tour the facility where the iconic Louisville Slugger was manufactured. Some of those people, naturally, were major league baseball players, who came not to tour, but to make arrangements for the tools of their trade to be made to their specifications.
Also coming out of her years in Louisville was meeting her future husband, Nick Spalding, who also worked at the museum. The couple have one son, Nash, who is 15-months old.
Spalding said she began monitoring the Chamber’s website about a year ago, looking for anything tourism related which might allow her and her family to make a move back to Grayson County. When she saw the Executive Director position was open, she felt it was something that she would be able to do and that she would enjoy doing.
April actually commuted between Grayson County and Louisville for several months before landing the Chamber position. Nick’s job was such that he could work from home and didn’t have to make the commute.
Part of Spalding’s job will be overseeing the Chamber’s budget, which is entirely funded through membership fees.
“Members pay anywhere from $50 to $1,000 a year depending on the size of the business and the number of employees they have,” Spalding said.
For those fees, the business are promoted on the Chamber’s website and in their monthly news letters and any events the businesses may have coming up are advertised.New members are feted with ribbon-cutting ceremonies.
There are currently 10 President’s Circle members who pay an additional fee and receive a scrolling banner on the website and favored seating at all Chamber events, including the monthly chamber luncheons and the yearly awards banquet.
Spalding said she is currently “…just trying to get my head around” the new job and said once that is accomplished she may look for projects that she can attempt.
“Right now, I’m just looking to grow the membership and keep it financially sound,” she said.
Reach Don Brown at 270-259-9622, ext. 2016.