OSAGE | On Tuesday, May 30, Kati Henry hit the ground running when she started as the new Director of the Osage Chamber of Commerce.
After several months with no director, Henry comes into the position with a full month of activities to get organized and executed, while orientating herself to the chamber office.
Henry, 30, is a 2005 graduate of Osage High School. She and her husband, Bryce, live in Osage with their almost two-year-old daughter, Bria.
For the past 10 years, Henry has worked in the hospitality industry, half of which was spent in sales management. Most recently, she opened a newly built hotel as the general manager in Ankeny. While there, she was very active in the Chamber of Commerce.
“Being one of the, if not the, largest chambers in the state, I was able to see what a really busy and really successful chamber looks like,” Henry said. “I think having a sales background is crucial to this position as you have to be able to talk to people and explain the benefits and features of the chamber.”
Henry said she decided to apply for the Osage Chamber position because, “I thought of my past experiences with other chambers in other communities and tried to put myself in their position.”
“I loved the idea of being able to help these businesses in the community and to be able to bring them together for some of these amazing events,” she said. “I have quite a few years’ experience in event planning, so I thought it would be a great fit. I also love meeting new people and learning about how their business operates and what they do.”
Henry said what attracted her to the Osage Chamber position was “Being able to help engage the City of Osage, being able to help new and existing businesses prosper,” she said. “I really wanted a position in which I could really involve myself with this community. I love this city and I want to see it flourish. Plus, I get to brag about our city to visitors or new residents, which I think is awesome.”
One of Henry’s first goals is to work with the Chamber’s web presence, including optimizing the website and increasing the Chamber’s social media presence.
“Another goal coming in is going to be really being able to show the businesses of Osage what the Chamber does, not just for them, but for the whole community,” Henry said. “Many times I have heard the same thing – ‘What does the Chamber do for me?’ and I think it’s really important to get the message out that the Chamber can do a lot with the right tools.”
Looking to the future, Henry said she would love to be able to plan some new events which haven’t been done before or reinvent some which haven’t been done in a few years.
Of course, Henry said she needs lots of help with activities, events and even new members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors.
“Everyone has been very understanding about me coming in at a very busy time of year and I really appreciate that,” Henry said. “Contact me for the events coming up this summer – BRAM, Independence Day Parade, Miss Osage, etc.”
Henry can be contacted by phone, 641-732-3163, by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or at the Chamber office, located in the basement of Osage City Hall, 806 Main St., Osage.