TROY - Debi Hulslander will remain the Troy Chamber of Commerce president, but she will be getting some help.

Last year, the long-time president opened up the chamber's top position to nominations, noting that she had become too busy and wanted "new leadership and new ideas" that a new president might bring to the chamber.

However, the chamber met last week to elect officers for 2013, and there were no nominations for president, due to everyone being busy, so Hulslander remains in the head role.

However, she will be getting some assistance this year.

The chamber set up committees that will lend a hand to Hulslander.

They include new membership, budget and finance, Spirit of Christmas, and Halloween committees.

"I'm willing to share the workload," Hulslander commented.

"They re-nominated me, so I'm the president."

"I said I would accept the nomination if there was no other ones. I'm afraid without a president, the chamber would die and I don't want that to happen."

Hulslander said her goals as president include increasing membership and to "promote Troy as much as we can."

She has been president of the chamber for 15-16 years.

Hulslander is also the Troy Fair's ticket administrator and secretary. Last year, she was honored as "2012 Outstanding Fair Ambassador" by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

When asked for comment, chamber member Bill Brasington commended Hulslander for being community-minded as the chamber president.

"She's really provided a lot of leadership for the chamber," he said. "She has a lot of energy, and is really focused on what's the best for Troy."

Brasington said Hulslander can be credited for playing "a central role" in the chamber's holiday celebrations and getting the chamber involved in charitable efforts, such as the recent Pink-Out in Troy.

In addition, Krystle Bristol was elected vice president, Rachel Higham was elected secretary, and Elizabeth Card will remain the treasurer.

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