The Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce has appointed a new president, and it's a familiar face.
Myca Bunch, currently the executive director of Garden City Downtown Vision and formerly the Chamber's vice president, will officially assume the president position on Nov. 27. She succeeds Steve Dyer, who resigned in August after four years as Chamber president to take a position with Allstate Insurance.
As president, Bunch will be tasked with setting the future direction of Garden City’s business community through development and advocacy. She also will work with the Chamber board and staff to ensure programs are executed to satisfy the expectations of its membership.
“We conducted an extensive local and nationwide search and had many strong candidates,” said Mark Hinde, Chamber board chairman. “Myca brings extensive membership, policy and community development experience to the Chamber. We are confident her leadership and proven track record will help advance the Chamber’s mission.”
Bunch served as Chamber vice president from 2012 to 2015. During that time, she coordinated all chamber events, committees, legislative activities and was a key contributor to the Southwest Kansas Chambers of Commerce and the Western Kansas Community Delegation.
“I’m honored to lead the Chamber of Commerce in one of the most exciting times in our community,” Bunch said. “The Chamber has a vital role in business growth and development, and I look forward to strengthening our relationship with business leaders and advocating on behalf of the membership.”
Bunch has served as executive director of Downtown Vision since December 2015, when she organized the new Downtown Market Study and helped to evaluate incentive funds available to business owners. Bunch also increased attendance and visibility of existing events in the downtown area, including Fall Fest and the Banner Art Project, while introducing new events to the area. In addition, she developed the Downtown Food Truck Friday events, the Seuss in the Park reading event for kids and the annual Adult Easter Egg Hunt.
Bunch is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served as Command Section executive assistant for the Eighth Fighter Wing, Kunsan Air Base in South Korea and at the Air Force Space Command Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo. She studied psychology at the University of Maryland University College. She has three children: 17-year-old Kaci, 16-year-old Sydney and 8-year-old Jacob.
Bunch’s predecessor, Dyer, served the Chamber for four years before his official departure in September. Dyer accepted a position as a business development associate with Allstate and will work to pioneer the company’s expansion in the area.
Dyer started working as Chamber president after intermittent stints with the organization, first as a membership director starting in 1997 and later as vice president. He also headed up a chamber of commerce in Colorado during one of the in-between periods when he worked outside of Garden City.
In Dyer’s absence, former USD 457 Chief Financial Officer Kathleen Whitley has been serving as the Chamber’s interim president since Sept. 18.
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