Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce
This Week Feature
Chamber Hires Carol Rapstine as New Executive Director
Carol Rapstine has been hired as the new Executive Director of the Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce. She will begin her tenure with the organization in early September of 2014.
The Chamber’s Board of Directors appointed Carol to fill the role at the end of a search process that began after current Executive Director, Katie Ostgren, announced her resignation earlier this summer.
Prior to accepting the position of Holdrege Chamber Executive Director, Carol spent 11 years of her career working in various roles in higher education at three different institutions: Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas; Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa; and the University of Nebraska at Kearney in Kearney, Nebraska. She was then employed by the YMCA of the Prairie in Holdrege for 3 years as the Human Resources and Business Manger.
Most recently, Carol has worked as the Project Coordinator for the Phelps County Development Corporation, headquartered in Holdrege, where she has instituted and led several successful initiatives to promote economic development in the county.
Tyler Williams, Holdrege Chamber Board President, said, “We are excited that Carol has agreed to join the Chamber. She has just the skills we were looking for in an Executive Director. She will be an excellent administrator of our existing successful programs and events, and we look forward to the creativity and leadership she will bring to the position as our organization continues to develop new strategies to serve our members and our community.”
Carol, her husband, Todd, and their son, Quinton, have resided in Holdrege for 14 years. She is active in the Rotary Club of Holdrege and is helping to coordinate the Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack Event that will be held in Holdrege on July 25-26, 2014. Carol is passionate about all aspects of economic development and helping the area’s business community grow and prosper.