Tiffany White Is The Highland County Chamber Director
Monterey, VA – Highland County native, Tiffany White, took over as Director of the Highland Chamber of Commerce on January 1 of this year. Carolyn Pohowsky, the Director for the past 14 years, has now started a part-time position as Special Projects Coordinator for the Chamber. Tiffany talks about her Highland County heritage.
“Well I grew up in Highland, born and raised in Highland County just about a mile or two from the Bath county line,” says White. “I went to school here at Highland HS and graduated from high school in 2006. My parents are Petey and Lisa White.”
She goes on to discuss her previous work for the Highland Chamber of Commerce.
“My senior year of high school is when I actually began working for the Chamber of Commerce,” she says. “Since then I have done various different jobs; I also came back in 2007 and started working for the Chamber again part time and have been there ever since. It was a school to work program and it was an assistants position so I did a lot of database work entering info into the database, a lot of mailings, especially this time of year, Maple Festival.”
The Chamber Board has been interested in Tiffany as a potential successor to Carolyn Pohowsky for more than a year.
“After Tim left, the board approached me about coming on; and they had approached me before and I at that time didn’t feel like I was ready,” she says, “so they hired Tim O’Roark , and after he left the board approached me again. I felt at that time that I had gained some more life experiences and decided to take it on.”
In March, 2011 the Chamber Board and Tiffany reached an agreement whereby she would complete several months of training and then take over as Director in 2012.
“I officially started January 21st, 2012, and in between then was my training time,” says White. “I had about nine months of training and Carolyn was always alongside me so I’m very grateful for that.”
Tiffany is excited about starting her new position and has some new projects in development.
“It feels good; of course it’s a very busy time right now so we’ve got a lot of mailings going out for Maple Festival, just tying up some loose ends before the festival,” she says. “I do think we’re well ahead of schedule. Right now we’re working on the Artisans Trail. We have a new event that going to take place this year, the Old Time Fiddlers convention that’s going to take place in June, so we’re definitely excited about that.”