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Centralia Chamber welcomes two new employees


The Centralia Chamber of Commerce welcomed two new employees in 2023.

Director Marcus Holland said the new staff members and their individual talents will further benefit the chamber of commerce’s mission to effectively serve its membership.

Matt Packman was appointed in December to the role of assistant director, filling a vacancy left by former assistant director Malaya Downey. Jamie Resch was hired in September as marketing coordinator.

Packman comes to the chamber following a career in journalism. A 2005 graduate of Centralia High School, with an associate degree from Kaskaskia College and bachelor’s in fine art from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, Packman brings over a decade of community experience and public relations to the position. “Through my years in journalism, I was given the opportunity to learn about our local businesses and organizations and tell their stories. Now, as assistant director of the Centralia Chamber of Commerce, I have the privilege of serving those entities and helping ensure the continued economic growth of our city.”

The owner and operator of Studio Bee, Resch is a 2014 graduate of Centralia High School and received an associate degree from Kaskaskia College before taking additional studies at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville. Resch previously served on the Balloon Fest, Image, and Downtown Christmas Stroll committees. “As a current business owner in Centralia, I can relate to the business needs of our Chamber members. I want to help our local businesses and be a part of the economic development of the community.”

Celebrating 100 years in 2024, the Centralia Chamber of Commerce promotes continued economic growth for the community and surrounding area, providing programs and services to over 350 businesses and organizations within its membership.

Pictured are Matt Packman, left, and Jamie Resch.

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