OLD ORCHARD BEACH — Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kim Verreault is leaving the position to move out of state and be closer to family.

She is being replaced by Kim Howard, former membership and marketing manager with the New York City Bar Association. Howard is transitioning into the position and will take over at the end of the month.

Verreault served as the chamber’s executive director for about four years, and had previously been on the board for 11 years. The Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce has about 200 members in Old Orchard Beach and neighboring communities.

The population is Old Orchard Beach swells in the summer from nearly 9,000 to about 75,000 according to the town website, and it has long been a popular vacation spot.

“This is a destination development chamber,” said Verreault, and as director, she always had her finger on the pulse of initiatives to keep the local economy stimulated.

Howard and her family spent many vacations in Maine, including time in Old Orchard Beach, and earlier this year moved to Portland.

“We just fell in love with Maine and decided about a year ago that we were going to make the move,” Howard said.

Howard said she comes to the position with a background in working with a membership organization, and is looking forward to making more connections in Old Orchard Beach, hosting events and workshops for members.

Liz Gotthelf — 207-282-1535, Ext. 325

[email protected].

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