Dave Fairman ran Fairman’s Skate shop in downtown West Chester for 24 years, but now he has a new gig as the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce Director of Membership. “I’ve experienced how the chamber can help as a business owner,” Fairman said. “The connections I built helped move my business forward. As the director of membership I will be primarily charged with engaging current members and using the benefits of the chamber to attract new members.”
Fairman also said that he’ll wear a lot of hats at this job, but his primary focus will be on building relationships in the community. “It’s called the ‘Greater West Chester Chamber,’” Fairman said. “We want to make sure we help people that don’t just live in the borough. We need to find out from all our members what their expectations are.” Fairman added, “My strongest attributes are my abilities to connect and relate to business owners. I understand their needs because I’ve been there myself.”
According to Fairman, he had been looking for an opportunity to take a step back from the skate shop when the position opened up at the chamber. “It really came together organically,” Fairman said. “It was a great opportunity, and it came around at a good time when I was considering moving on.” For now though Fairman is happy and proud to be working for the chamber. “I knew what I was getting myself into when I signed up for the job, and I am ready for it,” Fairman said. “I couldn’t be happier.”
Fairman added, “I’ve been involved with chamber for about three decades now. It’s a terrific organization, and I am proud to be a part of it.” “I just hope to make a positive impact,” Fairman said.
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