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Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Executive Director


SALISBURY, Md.- Bradley Gillis, president of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, has announced the appointment of Ernie Colburn as SACC's executive director. After a three-month search by a committee made up of key members and officers of SACC, the current interim executive director and past SACC president was chosen to head Maryland's only accredited chamber.

"We are excited to have Mr. Colburn on board. Ernie's extensive career experiences within our region and experience as a past president of the chamber has made Ernie more than qualified to implement the chamber's strategic plan," Gillis said. "Ernie is a change agent and he will be the most effective voice for the business community and continue to build the Chamber as the area's indispensable business resource."

"Needless to say, it's an honor and a privilege to be able to represent a nearly 100 year old chamber that is 4-star accredited by the United States Chamber of Commerce since 1964," said Colburn. "Many great changes will take place in the coming year that will enable the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce to better serve its nearly 800 business members and those new members moving forward, as well as enable our chamber to elevate itself to the ultimate level of 5-star accreditation at the next renewal cycle.  I look forward to the challenge and I appreciate the membership's support, as well as the communities' support."

Colburn graduated from Delaware State University, served as a U.S. Air Force Air Traffic Controller and spent one year serving in Vietnam. He began his professional career managing various radio stations across the East Coast in the early 1970's before becoming a Corporate Vice President of a multi AM/FM radio station/cable television systems group headquartered in Washington, DC. He then became the owner and operator of Super Country 107.

Colburn received multiple small market radio station operator awards over the years, as well as multiple "Manager of the Year" awards during his Cable Television career. He then went on to become manager of Cable Television Advertising Sales for Marcus Cable, based in Dallas, Texas. Afterwards, he managed Comcast Cable Television Advertising, headquartered in Philadelphia, known today as Comcast Spotlight, the advertising sales division of its parent company Comcast/NBC Universal for 19 years before retiring in December 2011.

Colburn's community involvement over the years includes Chairman of the American Heart Association, Cancer Society and Red Cross. He is a past president of the Dover Jaycees and Past Vice-President and National Director of the Delaware Jaycees.

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