01 Jul Kristin Craig Begins Work as First Woman President of the Chamber
Terre Haute, IN – Monday morning brought a new leader to the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce as Kristin Craig began her official tenure as President.
Craig is the first woman to lead the Chamber as President in the organization’s 106 year history.
“This is an exciting time for the Chamber and its membership,” Chamber Board of Directors Chair Brian Kooistra, Chief Operations Officer for Garmong Construction Services, said in a previous statement. “Kristin has shown great leadership and vision during her time at the Chamber. We have several initiatives underway and with Kristin at the helm we have great momentum going into the future.”
The momentum with Craig as leader is already being felt, as Terre Haute was named Chamber of the Year by the Indiana Chamber Executives Association this month. The organization also recognized the “Terre Haute Is All In” campaign as one of eleven organizations for “Best Marketing Campaign”.
Under Craig’s leadership as Vice President, along with former President David Haynes who retired effective June 30, new community-wide initiatives were formed including West Central 2025 and work to establish West Central Indiana as a 21st Century Talent Region. Craig also worked to create Better Health Wabash Valley and led the adoption of Downtown Terre Haute as a branch of the Chamber. The Chamber’s leap into increased advocacy efforts, in partnership with the firm RJL Solutions, was also spearheaded by Craig.
“There are so many good projects happening right now; so much opportunity and investments being made, this is a great time for West Central Indiana,” Craig said. “I am thrilled to be in a position to lead and continue the momentum.”
A native of Argenta, Illinois, Craig has been employed by the Chamber since 2002 and has served in numerous capacities over her sixteen year tenure. An alumna of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, she returned to The Woods in 2016 to receive her master’s degree in leadership development. Her thesis study focused on the future of the Terre Haute Chamber.
In addition to her role at the Chamber, Craig serves on the board of several organizations, including: Art Spaces, Inc., United Way of the Wabash Valley, Terre Haute Young Leaders, Wabash Valley Leadership Institute and Rediscover Clinton. She and her husband Scott, both work in downtown Terre Haute. They reside in Clinton, Indiana with their three daughters, Amelia, Lily and Kate.