The Cannon Beach Chamber Membership Awards celebrated achievement past and present, with longstanding events like Stormy Weather and the Sandcastle Contest complemented by the chamber’s newest activity, the Fat Bike Festival, coming to the city for its debut in April.

But before the first envelope announcing awards for top volunteers Tuesday night at the community hall, the chamber board announced new executive director Jim Paino.

Paino has served as interim director since Court Carrier left in November.

“This is our first formal announcement of Jim no longer being interim executive director, but executive director,” board president Greg Swedenborg said. “Jim has been absolutely fantastic to work with. On behalf of the board, thank you.”

A volunteer nine-person search committee ran ads and listed it for about a month, interviewed 21 candidates, pared it down to four, made a recommendation to the board to select Paino, Swedenborg said. The board backed that recommendation.

Paino was greeted by a standing ovation.

“I really do work with good people and it’s great to have that,” Paino said. “I’ve been working at the chamber for nine years and I’m ready to take the next step.”

Paino addressed goals of expanding tourism in off-season months, developing new event leadership and expanding the chamber’s volunteer base.

“It will be fun working with the board and members, taking it where everybody wants it to go,” Paino said.

A special remembrance recalled Tom Drumheller, chief executive officer of Escape Lodging and co-owner of Tom’s Fish & Chips, who died in September.

Drumheller’s wife Christy, oldest daughter Brook and son-in law Corey Burnett accepted the first Tom Drumheller Excellence in Leadership Award on his behalf.

Chamber member Patrick Nofield of Escape Lodging recalled Drumheller and his motto, “It’ll be fun.”

“Tom was a leader of people, but he wasn’t Type-A, aggressive,” Nofield said. “He was extremely humble, gracious, kind and funny. There are three people who gave me belly laughs and just made me lose it — he was one of them.”

Nofield, who knew Drumheller for 31 years and worked with him for 20, said Drumheller would do almost anything for anybody — including chase a bum down the street trying to give him $20.

“He would do acts of kindness, but he never talked about it,” Nofield said.

Drumheller’s service inspired many of those who received honors for their service on the chamber’s volunteer boards and committees.

Appropriately, for dessert, guests enjoyed Drumheller’s favorite dessert: a root-beer float, courtesy Public Coast Brewing Co.

And the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce award-winners are:

Annual Supporter of the Year:

Duane Johnson Real Estate

Tom Drumheller Excellence in Leadership Award: Tom Drumheller

Volunteer of the Year: Barb Knop

Excellence in Customer Service: Columbia Bank

Member of the Year: Fresh Foods


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