Thursday, November 1, 2012
Folsom new director of Main Street Chamber
By SUE WATSON
The new Holly Springs Main Street Chamber has its first full-time executive director.
Shanette Folsom came on board October 9, following the merger of Main Street and the Chamber of Commerce in August.
She learned of the job opening from an advertisement in The South Reporter.
“I realized this was the position for me,” she said. “How better to serve in a town that you love?”
Folsom is noticeably excited about the new responsibilities to showcase her hometown.
“I have so many ideas on how to help Holly Springs grow,” Folsom said.
She is a self-described people person, she said.
The new executive director is open to suggestions on how to improve Holly Springs, but she will also encourage people who have recommendations to get involved and be a part of the Main Street Chamber team. She said she wants people who bring ideas to be serious about helping.
The Main Street Chamber already has a well developed support group and a track record of moving projects ahead. It is this core that is the strength of the fledgling organization, but the future health of the organization hinges on this volunteer base continuing to grow.
Folsom is originally from Chicago, Ill., but moved to Holly Springs with her parents in 1982 when she was 11. Her mother, Steptoria Finner, and her late father, Creed Finner, are from the Laws Hill area. She is the youngest of six children, two girls and four boys.
Folsom attended Sims School, now the campus of Holly Springs Intermediate School, and graduated from Holly Springs High School. She studied at Creighton University and later earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Rust College.
She has been working on a master’s in business administration at Phoenix University in Cordova, Tenn., but earned some credits for a master’s from Ole Miss.
Folsom has work experience in retail customer service with Home Depot and most recently in shipping management with Parker Racor in Holly Springs. She is married to Willie Folsom Jr., and they have two daughters, 19- and 14-year-olds. Her husband has worked 10 years with the Marshall County Correctional Facility in Holly Springs.
Andy McMillon, president of the Main Street Chamber board of directors, said the decision to offer the job to Folsom was an easy one.
“When the committee started interviewing for the director position, we were impressed by the quality of the applicants,” he said. “We interviewed all the applicants on the same day so we could get a good sense of all of them. While all the applicants were good, we were instantly impressed with Shanette’s demeanor. She was confident that she was the best person for the job.
“She not only answered our questions, she also brought ideas to the table on how she could improve the Main Street Chamber organization and Holly Springs. In the end, it was this attitude that impressed us most. She will help both us and Holly Springs to achieve our goals.”
To contact the Holly Springs Main Street Chamber, call 662-252-2943 or visit www.hollyspringsms.org for additional information.
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