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Bellevue Chamber of Commerce Announces Joe Fain as new President and CEO

Thursday, February 14, 2019  
Posted by: Ashley Clemmer
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For Immediate Release
February 14, 2019

Media Contact:
Quinn Thomas Communications
206-795-7415
Zachk@quinnthomas.com

 

Bellevue Chamber of Commerce Announces Joe Fain as new President and CEO

Former State Senator will bring knack for advocacy and collaboration to support the growth and success of Bellevue’s business community

 

BELLEVUE, WA – The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce announced today that following a nationwide search, they have selected Joe Fain as their next President & CEO. The selection comes as the Chamber seeks to make an even greater impact on behalf of the business community through advocacy and regional partnerships as the premier business organization on the Eastside.

Fain, who was elected to the Washington State Senate in 2010 and 2014, succeeds Betty Nokes Capestany, who left the Chamber in 2018 after 17 years to become Pierce County’s economic development director.

Joe has a proven track record of collaborative leadership in both government and business, and we believe he is uniquely suited to help lead the Chamber as we foster and advocate for a healthy business environment in Bellevue and the Eastside,” said Josh Marti, Bellevue Chamber Board Chair. “As CEO, Joe will spearhead the Chamber’s efforts as a convener as we look forward to providing even greater service to our members and stakeholders.”

Fain will work closely with the Chamber’s board and members to ensure that businesses of all sizes and in all sectors can thrive and attract the talent for the jobs that drive our economy forward.

“Bellevue has more than come into its own as a modern, growing city full of innovative businesses,” said Jennifer Robertson, Bellevue City Councilmember. “I’ve been impressed by Joe’s experience and abilities as a forward-thinking, bipartisan leader, and I know he will be an effective advocate for Bellevue’s business community.”

Fain will begin serving as CEO on February 19.

“As I begin with the Chamber, I look forward to collaborating with Bellevue’s employers and civic leaders, redoubling our efforts to make Bellevue the best place to live, work, and do business in Washington,” said Joe Fain, incoming President & CEO. “I am honored and humbled to be selected for this role and will work tirelessly as an advocate for the business community.”

After graduating from Mt. Rainier High School in Des Moines, Fain earned his BA from the University of Washington and his MBA and law degree from Seattle University.

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The Bellevue Chamber accelerates tomorrow today, representing thousands of jobs in our community. Businesses range in size from sole proprietors to large corporations. The Chamber's mission is to foster a healthy business environment by providing strategic leadership, advocacy, tools, and resources for business success.


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