Meet the Sunriver Area Chamber of Commerce’s New Executive Director


The Sunriver Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announces the appointment of Kristine Thomas as its new executive director. She began December 1, after the retirement of Kent Elliott, who served as the Chamber’s executive director since 2013.

Board President Dan Youmans shared Thomas worked as a freelance communications and marketing specialist for the Chamber for most of 2021. “We could not be more excited for the future of the chamber and of our community with Kristine being chosen as the executive director,” Youmans said. “The Board of Directors is confident Kristine will be an excellent steward of the Chamber’s mission as well as being a leader and advocate for our community. Kristine brings a wealth of experience and leadership in this position as well as new ideas to serve our businesses and community members.”

Thomas has extensive experience in communications and marketing, including serving as a managing newspaper editor, daily and weekly newspaper reporter, interim writer and editor for Western Oregon University and the communications and marketing manager for Strategic Economic Development Agency. She has also served on several nonprofit boards, including the North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity.

Thomas has vacationed in Sunriver with her family for many years. She now resides in the Sunriver area and enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, biking, running, kayaking and downhill skiing as well as reading, cooking and spending time with her family. 

“I am eager to share everything I love about working, playing and living in Sunriver with community members and visitors,” Thomas said. “Sunriver is truly a wonderful and welcoming place with something to do for everyone’s interest.”

Thomas has several ideas to provide Sunriver area businesses networking, educational and marketing opportunities and to promote Shop Sunriver. She welcomes community members and business owners to share their ideas. “My priority is to meet with business owners, community leaders and residents and learn what additional services they would like,” she said. “I am truly honored to have the opportunity to serve the community and Chamber members, and to welcome new members to the Chamber.”

Thomas invites community members to email or call 541-593-8149 to arrange a time to meet.


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