Chamber names new executive

February 24, 2009

By Staff

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Matthew Bott

Matthew Bott started his new role as CEO of the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 23.

“I am very excited to join the leadership team at the chamber,” Bott said in a chamber news release. “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.”

Bott brings prior experience in selling membership, which chamber leaders said would be critical in his leadership role.

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

Bott recently moved to Seattle from Washington, D.C. He served for six years as assistant executive director for the Kappa Sigma Fraternity International headquarters. Bott also brings about seven years of nonprofit experience to his chamber role.

Bott recently completed a master’s in business administration from George Washington University, where he studied marketing and strategy. In addition, Bott served as student government president at Boise State University.

Outgoing Issaquah Chamber Board Chairman Larry Ishmael filled the interim CEO position through the end of February to allow a smooth transition.

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