Kevin Eschelbach of Barre elected president of Central Vermont Chamber

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BERLIN — Barre’s Kevin M Eschelbach has been elected president of the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce, and will officially join the Chamber on December 9.

Board chair Joseph L Choquette III. today announced the appointment of a senior district executive in the northeast quadrant of Vermont for the Boys Scouts of America.

The Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization representing businesses throughout Washington and Orange Counties.

“We talked to qualified candidates from throughout the country, but we found the right candidate in our own backyard,” Choquette said. “Kevin’s strengths include leadership, working with volunteers and organizing events. He grew up in Vermont and knows the people and issues well.”

As a senior district executive with the Boy Scouts, Eschelbach provided leadership for more than 200 volunteers and approximately 1000 youth in Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, and Lamoille counties.

“There’s a lot we can do together. I’m looking forward to getting started,” Eschelbach said.

Eschelbach was responsible for all aspects of district operations, including administration, fundraising, volunteer recruitment and support, youth recruitment, and programming, and prior to joining the scouts in 2013 worked in the retail industry.

He will succeed William D. Moore, who left the Chamber in July for a similar position in Connecticut, and will follow Edward M Larson, who has served as interim president since July.

“We owe tremendous gratitude to Ed for the outstanding job he has done stepping in to lead the Chamber over these last six months,” Choquette added.