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Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce announces new executive director

The Dickinson Area Chamber announced Carter Fong as the new Executive Director of the organization on Thursday. Fong brings with him over 12 years of experience at Dickinson Trinity High School as an instructor, extracurricular advisor, athletic coach and administrator.

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Executive Director of the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce Carter Fong.

The Dickinson Area Chamber announced Thursday, May 6, that Dickinson resident Carter Fong has become the new executive director of the organization whose mission it is to further the business interests of the community, while also advocating for Dickinson with local and state legislators.

“Carter is an incredible and respected servant leader who has shown a strong passion and commitment to making this community a great place to live, work, and do business,” Amber Kuntz, President of The Chamber’s Board of Directors, said. "We are excited moving forward and are confident his experience, skillset, energy, and impact will be echoed and contagious throughout Dickinson and SW North Dakota."

Fong moves into his new role with more than 12 years of experience working for Dickinson Trinity High School, where he has served as an instructor, extracurricular advisor, athletic coach and administrator.

"Fong’s love of the Dickinson area is reflected in his service to the community and the region. He is a prior board member of the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce, and is the current President of the Board of Directors for the Western Wellness Foundation overseeing the Best Friends Mentoring Program," a press release from the Dickinson Chamber of Commerce reads.

During his tenure overseeing the Best Friends Mentoring Program, Fong helped lead the program through an executive director transition along with the many challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Fong and his wife are active members of Queen of Peace Church, and led the state in the recruitment of new members to the Knights of Columbus in 2019-20.

Many residents in Dickinson will know Fong for his announcing role in varsity regional football, volleyball and basketball tournaments, though he is best known as Coach Fong — having led more than 30 different athletic teams across 6 different sports, including junior varsity legion baseball and varsity stints with the Trinity girl’s basketball program and the Dickinson High School boy’s tennis teams.

Fong was named the Dickinson Area United Way “Inspire By Example” and The Dickinson Press Best of the Western Edge Citizen of the Year in 2020.

Eager to lead by example in connecting area entrepreneurs and enhance the quality of life in the Dickinson area, Fong hopes to add value to Chamber membership while continuing to build on the network of community minded businesses and inspiring volunteerism and servant-leadership in the community.

Fong will be formally introduced at the Chamber’s “State of the City” event on Thursday, May 20, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Dickinson Public Schools' North Campus; formerly known as the Halliburton Complex.

James B. Miller, Jr. is the Editor of The Dickinson Press in Dickinson, North Dakota. He strives to bring community-driven, professional and hyper-local focused news coverage of southwest North Dakota.
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