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Greater Topsail Area Chamber Of Commerce Hires Karen Williams Burton

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Jan 12, 2021
Karen Williams Burton

The Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce has hired Karen Williams Burton as its new executive director, according to a news release.

The Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce serves businesses from Scotts Hill to Sneads Ferry, including Topsail Beach, Surf City, Holly Ridge and Hampstead, officials said in the release.

“We thoroughly researched and interviewed numerous qualified candidates,” said Allicyn Bryan, chairman of the chamber board of directors, in the release. 

Burton, a longtime resident of Pender County, joins the chamber after a decades-long career in education.

She served Pender County Schools for nearly 27 years until retiring from public education. She also worked with a private school as the director of curriculum/instruction and later as the director of advancement, stated the release.

Burton has served on the Burgaw Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors and is currently vice-chair of the Pender County Tourism Development Authority board of directors, officials said

“I look forward to working with the Topsail Chamber’s board of directors and Kay Phelps, the finance coordinator,” Burton said in the release. “Together we can bring educational and networking opportunities to our businesses in the Greater Topsail Area."

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