Crestview Chamber's first black president takes command

Alicia Booker

Alicia Booker

Published: Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 04:02 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Receiving the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce president’s gavel this evening is a natural extension of her community outreach as North Okaloosa Medical Center’s physician liaison and community programs director, Alicia Booker says.

“It’s fortunate to have a job that allows me to be out and about in the community, and that corresponds to what the chamber does,” Booker said. “It was a good fit for me; it was a natural fit.”

Becoming the chamber’s first black president was not something Booker said she gave any thought to, but on reflection, realized her position can inspire minority business owners.

“Definitely you want your chamber, as with any body, to reflect in leadership roles the population of the community,” Booker said. “There is a minority component to the community.

“The chamber is not an exclusive club. There is something for everyone to do,” Booker said. “If you want to be involved, if you want to be in a leadership role, there’s an open door to come in and get plugged in wherever you fit.”

Lights! Camera! Action!

Following outgoing President Dennis Mitchell’s “Let the good times roll,” Booker’s theme is “Lights! Camera! Action!” Each component is symbolic, she said.

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