February 18, 2019
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Bellevue Chamber picks former Sen. Joe Fain as new president and CEO

Joe Fain, who served eight years in the state Senate, will be the new leader of the Bellevue Chamber as president and CEO. He succeeds Betty Nokes Capestany, who served in the position for 17 years. She left last year to serve as the Pierce County economic development director.

Bellevue Chamber Board Chair Josh Marti said Fain was uniquely suited to lead the chamber.

"Joe has a proven track record of collaborative leadership in both government and business, and we believe he is uniquely suited to help lead the Chamber as we foster and advocate for a healthy business environment in Bellevue and the Eastside,” Marti said. “As CEO, Joe will spearhead the Chamber’s efforts as a convener as we look forward to providing even greater service to our members and stakeholders.”

Marti said the chamber did a thorough interview and reference process, including feedback from a number of people who have known and worked with Fain over the years, The Seattle Times reports.

The Puget Sound Business Journal also covered the story.

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