December 13, 2018

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Salem Area Chamber of Commerce Announces New CEO
Tom Hoffert named as new leader

SALEM, OR. – The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, the leading voice of business in the Mid-Willamette Valley, has named Tom Hoffert, as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer effective January 2, 2019.

“After a comprehensive search process, we are pleased to have Tom Hoffert lead the Chamber into its next season of growth, innovation and member service. Tom will continue the mission of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce as an advocate for a healthy business climate,” said T.J. Sullivan, Chamber Board President and President of Huggins Insurance. “Tom’s vision, integrity and exceptional background makes him uniquely positioned to lead the Salem Chamber membership and the regional business community in support of a strong and vibrant local economy.”

Hoffert, born and raised in Salem, graduated from Sprague High School and Western Oregon University. He previously worked at the Chamber as the Director of Public Affairs from 1998 to 2004. He went on to lead culinary innovation at Don Pancho Authentic Mexican Foods for nearly 15 years.

“The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce has an outstanding reputation serving and representing the area’s robust business community in our region and beyond,” said Tom Hoffert, incoming Salem Area Chamber of Commerce CEO. “I am very excited to work with Chamber members, leadership, key stakeholders and regional partners to build on the Chamber’s reputation as the preeminent membership organization for business. This is an exciting time, and the Chamber is well positioned to develop new and exciting opportunities for businesses.”


The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce is a privately-funded 501(c)(6) not-for-profit membership organization that advocates for business, community and economic prosperity. The Salem Chamber represents over 1,200 businesses, who employ over 50,000 Oregonians in the Mid-Willamette Valley. Led by a volunteer board of directors, the Salem Chamber is dedicated to sustaining Salem’s quality of life, and keeping the community and economy vibrant. To learn more about the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, please visit

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