Lynsi Pasutti is looking forward to her new role as the executive director of the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce.

“I’m very excited. There is a really positive energy with the board (of directors) and the community,” she said. “I can’t stress enough how welcoming people have been.”

Pasutti was introduced as the new director during a networking event on March 1 at La Poste.

“What the board liked about Lynsi was that she provided a fresh set of eyes for the chamber organization and our community,” said Board President Emily Leslie.

The board also liked that Pasutti has experience working with another chamber of commerce and an economic development organization.

Pasutti owns a ceramic studio and art gallery in Stuart. When she started looking into promoting her business, she decided to join the Stuart Chamber of Commerce.

She worked as a secretary for the chamber board before serving as the president. Pasutti helped organized various initiatives, including starting Small Business Saturday. She is also the current president of the Guthrie County Arts Council.

For the past three years, Pasutti worked for Midwest Partnership EDC, a non-profit economic development organization. She worked as the Administrative and Marketing Coordinator, covering the counties of Adair, Audubon, Greene and Guthrie.

When the director position in Perry was advertised, Pasutti felt the need to apply.

She was first drawn to the town through participating in the annual Art on the Prairie festival.

“With the arts, history and recreation options, (Perry) is a really exciting place to be,” she said.

Pasutti said the transition into her new role will have multiple layers. Especially as the chamber has been without a director since the beginning of August.

“When the previous director left, the board stepped up and took responsibility to keep in contact with businesses and to put out the (chamber) newsletter,” Leslie said.

She said they will continue to utilize the strengths of those on the board, from marketing to helping organize community events.

“Just because we have a director, the board is not going to stop working for the community,” Leslie said. “Now we are helping support and uplift Lynsi and the chamber.”

For her part, Pasutti is getting a feel for the community and businesses as she steps into the director position.

“It will definitely take some time, but with some patience and some positivity, I believe it will turn out,” she said.

Leslie said Pasutti has already brought new ideas that the chamber board is looking forward to implementing in the future.

“We’re excited. And we know the community is excited too to have someone new and fresh,” Leslie said.