2021 marks the ten-year anniversary of the latest version of the Chamber of
Commerce of Okeechobee County. The former Chamber disbanded after they were
unable to overcome some tax-related issues. When the Chamber was resurrected in
2011, they faced several unique challenges such as communicating to local
businesses that they were different while at the same time assuring that they
would maintain the same positives aspects of the former chamber.
As part of a series of interviews, WOKC speaks to many former and current
members of the Chamber to discuss what the past ten years have been like, the
challenges, what they are proud of and their vision for the future of the
Chamber and local businesses alike.
This month we speak with current chamber office manager Mariah Parriott. Mariah has one of the more interesting perspectives of anyone we have spoken with because she has been very active the chamber from day 1. Mariah started in 2011 as the administrative assistant under then executive director Terry Burroughs and has worked her way up to office manager. Mariah talks about her early days with the chamber, her thoughts on the present and what she would like to see moving forward.
Listen to our interview with Ms. Parriott below.