Carteret Chamber Announces Hire of New President

The board of directors and staff of the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce are excited to announce that Erin Knight, current executive director at the Havelock Chamber of Commerce, will be the next president of our Chamber. She will take the reins from outgoing president, Tom Kies, on October 10th. She and Tom will work together until Tom officially starts his well-earned retirement October 20th. 

Erin has spent the last four years building up the Havelock Chamber, and, most notably, developing Explore Havelock, a mobile app that puts business and event listings directly into the pockets of future customers. The app acts as an interactive business directory and a community calendar. Users can directly contact members and add community events to their own calendars with the tap of a finger. 

Erin is passionate about both community and business. A former business owner and teacher, she brings a breadth of experience to the Carteret Chamber and is anticipating great things for the future of our organization. With nearly 900 members to serve, Erin says her first priorities will be meeting with members and finding new ways to reach out to those with businesses outside of the greater Morehead area’s central hub of commerce. 

One of Erin’s favorite parts of Chamber life is being an extended family for business owners who need a helping hand. As Havelock executive director through the pandemic, she made it a priority to personally care for chamber members during a time of economic difficulty. She’s had years of experience as a military spouse, which helped her develop and improve the way the Havelock chamber’s military affairs committee honors and serves local service members. 

Although Coastal North Carolina has been her home the past 17 years, Erin was raised in Oregon. She has two children, a son who is completing his Computer Science degree in the NC Mountains, and a daughter who will be attending nursing school in Connecticut. 

When she isn’t working with the Chamber of Commerce and the local community, Erin enjoys the arts, cultural experiences, kayaking, and camping in the teardrop camper she fixed up herself. Not one to stay idle, she’s also in the midst of a one-woman renovation project on her 1982 Havelock home. 


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