Nathan KnottinghamThe Chamber is proud to introduce its newly named President/CEO, Nathan Knottingham, replacing Phil Hutchinson who will retire at the end of December.

Nathan is a 4th generation Oregonian, raised primarily in Salem, Oregon. He and his wife of 11 years, Billie, have two children, Titus (4) and Trinity (1). He’s played bass since he was in the 4t grade in multiple venues and genres, including symphony, quartets, jazz, and rock. Nathan loves to read, is a big fan of family friendly movies, and especially enjoys a cup of coffee in the quiet of the early morning with his wife before the kids get up. Nathan considers McMinnville a great community, and he and Billie are very thrilled by the opportunity to relocate and raise their family here.

With an Undergraduate Degree in Business Management/English Communication and an MBA, both from Corban University in Salem, Nathan has not only managed large and small businesses, he has in fact run his own business, experiencing first hand the ups and downs of the business cycle. Specific jobs have included teaching as an adjunct professor, managing a Starbucks location, and serving as a loan officer and retail store manager.

In his own words, Nathan says, “I’m passionate about leadership development in the community, relationship building across all lines of separation, continuing education for any business that wants to grow their team, and I’m looking forward to serving the McMinnville community as best I can. I think any problem can be solved if we get up and try to face the issue from a different perspective. I’m truly excited to start working in McMinnville and earning the trust of Chamber members and other business and community leaders!”

Nathan’s first day on the job will be November 11. He and Phil will be working closely to assure a seamless transition prior to Phil’s departure. Chamber members will have ample opportunity to meet and get to know Nathan at the Annual Awards Dinner on November 14 and at the Chamber’s numerous other networking events. Nevertheless, feel free to stop by the Chamber Center at any time to say “Hello” and extend your own personal welcome.