A first-rate Chamber exec

Published 10:05 am Friday, July 16, 2010

Western Tidewater is full of good people who labor behind the scenes to make this community a better place. We are elated when these unsung heroes get a turn in the spotlight.

So it is with Teresa Beale, executive director of the Franklin-Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce, who recently was named Virginia’s Chamber Executive of the Year by the Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

The recognition by her peers throughout the state reaffirms what Chamber members and other community observers have long known: Beale is a jewel, and the Franklin/Southampton business community is fortunate to have her working on its behalf.

As Chambers of Commerce go, the Franklin-Southampton organization functions with limited resources. Beale, who was the Chamber’s longtime office manager before she was promoted to executive director six years ago, and capable assistant Melissa Rose are the organization’s only paid staff members. Still, the Chamber never misses a beat in serving its members and promoting a healthy business climate in the community at large.

Organizations with much greater resources could learn a lot from the Franklin-Southampton Chamber about operating efficiently and getting results. Beale, as its leader, deserves much of the credit. We are pleased that the Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives has rewarded her with its highest honor.