Chamber names new CEO

February 12, 2009

By Staff

NEW — 1:22 p.m. Feb. 12, 2009

The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce has hired Matthew Bott as its chief executive officer. He starts Feb. 23.

Bott brings a great deal of prior experience selling membership, which will be critical, according to a press release.

“Increasing Issaquah Chamber membership is very important and we are excited about having Matt take this chamber to the next level,” Chamber Board Chairman Bob Ittes said in the release.

Matthew Bott

Matthew Bott


Bott recently moved to Seattle from Washington, D.C. His previous experience includes six years as assistant executive director for the Kappa Sigma Fraternity International headquarters; he brings roughly seven years of nonprofit experience as well, the release said.

He also recently completed a master’s degree in business administration at George Washington University, where he studied marketing and strategy. In addition, he was student government president at Boise State University.

Outgoing Issaquah Chamber Board Chairman Larry Ishmael has been interim CEO and will remain so through the end of February to allow a smooth transition.

“I am very excited to join the leadership team at the chamber” Bott said. “I look forward to working with the business community and local leaders as we continue to support and promote Issaquah as an outstanding community to live in and conduct business.”

Learn more about the chamber here.

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