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Sarmento to leave Chamber for Newton Manufacturing in June

Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 3:54 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 4:06 p.m. CST

After four years with the Greater Newton Area Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director Darrell Sarmento will be taking on a new adventure.

Beginning in June, he will be the new Senior Sales Manager for the Eastern Division at Newton Manufacturing. In the meantime, he plans to wrap up a few remaining projects he was already working on.

“I am very excited for this opportunity and I’m grateful that the team at Newton Manufacturing will be giving me until June to wrap-up my responsibilities with the Chamber," he said. "We have several important projects we are in the middle of such as launching the Main Street Program, so their flexibility with my start date will allow us to keep things moving forward.” 

Chamber Board of Directors chairwoman Sue Nolin of Great Western Bank said Sarmento's position will be posted on the organization's website, www.experiencenewton.com, early next week. She said Sarmento was a "huge asset" for the Chamber and Newton.

“He was one of the key people in making Newton a Main Street Community," she added. "His passion for the community shows in all he does. I know I speak on behalf of the board of directors saying Darrell will be greatly missed but we’re glad he will still be in our community and a valuable resource and support for our new director.”

Immediate past board chairman Steve Long of Skiff Medical Center said Sarmento moved the Chamber in a "new direction," and that he brought enthusiasm and purpose to the local business community.

"Darrell will leave big shoes to fill, but I am confident that our exceptional board of directors under the leadership of Sue Nolin, the current board chair, will do a wonderful job of making this transition a success," he said. "Because of our engaged membership, the Chamber is healthy and will continue to be a strong force toward a positive future for Newton.”