Granger Named New Chamber President and CEO

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DELRAY BEACH, FL – Karen Granger was just named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce. Granger, originally hired at the Chamber as Vice-President, has been Acting President and CEO since January, 2013. Prior to that, Granger ran her own PR firm following a successful tenure as Public Relations Director for Levenger, the creator and retailer of high end products for readers. Before her stint at Levenger, Granger worked with one of Florida’s oldest and largest law firms, Gunster. Her clients appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and on CNN and Oprah. Chairman of the Board Francisco Perez-Azua says, “Karen is playing a valuable role as we re-brand the Delray Beach Chamber and elevate its relevance in our community. Her passion for building relationships and her PR expertise has already added value for dozens of our members as she shares how to grow businesses through the Chamber.” The Delray Beach Chamber has been serving the community for nearly 90 years. The organization consists of 900 members. According to Granger, new membership is up 37% compared to this time last year. The group is building out new office space and plans on being in their new space later this year on NE 1st Street facing the new Hyatt Place. Board member Gregg Weiss adds, “Karen has served with such passion and enthusiasm during her role as interim president, energizing staff, breathing a new excitement in our committees and board while creating stronger alliances with our community partners. With her leadership we are going to accomplish great things in Delray Beach, making it a hub for innovation, entrepreneurship and business.” Granger sits on the Advisory Board of the Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition and has been active in many non-profit organizations in Palm Beach County. She enjoys speaking and writing. Her writing has appeared in several gift and inspiration books. She and her husband, Eric have one son, several local family members and 12 fish. Their favorite hangout is Delray Beach, of course, and if they ever venture away, they enjoy visiting Maine and Montana.