ELLINWOOD — On Wednesday, July 31st, 2013, the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to appoint J. Basil Dannebohm as Chamber Administrator. Dannebohm will replace Nancy Baird.
An Ellinwood native, Dannebohm will be returning to his hometown after being away for nearly 18 years. He has resided in Denver and most recently, Northern California.
“I’ve lived in many places and have been afforded the opportunity to do a number of amazing things. However, a piece of my heart still resides in Ellinwood,” said Dannebohm.
“Ellinwood taught me a valuable lesson at a young age - service to the community. It makes just makes sense to return home and serve.”
Dannebohm brings a diverse expertise to the position. Over the course of his career, he has worked with an international clientele, including the software industry, real estate, radio, television, newspapers, magazines, religious and non-profit organizations, film festivals, tourism and entertainment venues.
“While I will miss the Chamber of Commerce, I’m excited about Basil’s appointment and know he will do amazing things for the community. He’s connected to so many great organizations across Kansas and his network will serve him well in this position,” said Nancy Baird.
Dannebohm is also a writer and speaker. Last week in Jetmore, he hosted an event called “Strength in Numbers: Collaboration on the Plains.” The event drew about 60 attendees from across the state. He will also be presenting workshops in Dodge City, Goodland, Medicine Lodge and St. Francis over the next few months.
“It’s really exciting to have Basil return home and accept the role as Chamber Administrator,” said Lloyd Kurtz, President of the Board of Directors.
“He’s doing a lot of great things around Kansas and we know he will do a lot of great things for Ellinwood. We’re fortunate to have him back and hope we can entice more young people to return.”
As he makes the transition into the role, Dannebohm recogized the work of the Chamber thus far as well as what lies ahead.
“I’ve had the pleasure of watching the Ellinwood Chamber grow into a successful and vibrant organization. Nancy Baird has certainly left her mark behind and hers will be tough shoes to fill. I’m looking forward to working with her during this transition as well as meeting with the board and discussing their goals both short term and long term for Ellinwood,” said Dannebohm.