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Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce introduces new Executive Director

Kankakee, IL – The Board of Directors of the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the hiring of Angela Morrey as the Chamber’s next executive director. Ms. Morrey is a Quality Control Specialist for ACE Embroidery & Screen Printing in Bradley. She is a native of Bourbonnais and recently moved back to the area. 

Scott Smith, board chair for the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce and President of First Trust Bank, pointed to Ms. Morrey’s business experience as he expressed excitement about her hire. “Angela has had a variety of business experiences that make her an excellent fit for this position. She’s had managerial experience from her time managing a hotel and meeting center. She’s had experience as an entrepreneur from when she owned and operated a successful childcare business. She worked with a broad group of people in the journalism industry working for both NBC and WB News. Most recently, she’s worked for a local family business. I fully expect those experiences to help her make instant connections with our members, and I’m confident they are going to love her.”

Some of Angela’s most memorable interviews were with the Green Bay Packers following a game at Lambeau Field and talking with singer Trace Adkins during the Hodag Country Music Festival in Rhinelander, WI. She has also covered investigative stories ranging from an unsolved murder to a major highway extension. 

Angela’s roots dig deep in Bourbonnais. Her first job was delivering newspapers door-to-door, and subsequently, she worked as a proofreader for the Bourbonnais Herald and Country Market. Angela is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and a minor in Spanish.

Angela and her three children enjoy spending time outdoors, cooking together and visiting with their extended family who live close by.

“I am really looking forward to serving the businesses and residents of Kankakee County. This is an incredible opportunity to help strengthen our community for future generations. I look forward to collaborating with the executive board and following in the great footsteps of Emily Poff and Barbi Brewer-Watson to carry the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce to the next level.” 

Current executive director, Emily Poff, is relocating out of state for her husband’s recent career move. “I have truly appreciated the opportunity to lead the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce. We have experienced growth and the start of exciting new initiatives over this past year. Great things are happening in Kankakee County, and I know the Chamber will be in capable hands with Angela as our leader. This community will continue to hold a special place in my heart.”

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