OGDEN -- The Ogden/Weber Chamber of Commerce has hired Kevin Ireland as development director in hopes of expanding their services to the business community.
"I'm very excited," Ireland said about his job. "I've been a member and worked with the chamber for going on 20 years and to have the opportunity to work with them is very exciting."
Ireland began the job July 1. He is responsible for bringing more revenue to the chamber through sponsorships, events, grant writing and fundraisers.
"The chamber has continued to grow and progress," Chief Executive Officer Dave Hardman said. "We feel it is an opportunity to take it to the next level and to do that we need some additional funding."
Ireland was chosen from about 30 candidates who applied.
In addition to raising money, Ireland will work on membership development and event funding for the chamber foundation, to bring new events to the area and grow current events such as the annual golf tournament, Winterfest, Business Expo and the air show, known as the Hill Air Force Base Open House.
"We're really about making these events bigger and better," Ireland said.
Hardman called Ireland's hiring a big step forward for the Ogden/Weber Chamber of Commerce team and in expanding the vision of the chamber, which is to provide education to local businesses, lobby for business and community issues and grow new and expand existing business development projects.
Before joining the chamber, Ireland spent about six years managing the Ogden Eccles Dinosaur Park. He also worked for Ogden City managing Business Depot Ogden. He has also managed Trolley Square in Salt Lake City and the former Ogden City Mall.
Within the chamber, Ireland has served as chairman of multiple committees, including the military affairs committee and the Spikers.
Ireland said he will use that experience to see that the chamber continues to grow.
"It's actually growing and very successful," Ireland said. "I'm here to make it bigger and even more successful."