Chamber announces executive director hire
Last updated 2/13/2019 at Noon
The Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce had been without a paid figurehead for the past few months, but that’s now changed with the addition of Deanna Sigel as the chamber’s new executive director.
Sigel fills the vacancy after Jackie Breedlove, who started in October, left the chamber late last year. Breedlove took over for Julie Martin, who was hired in 2014.
Paul Ellis, the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce’s chairman of the board, sent out a release last week announcing Sigel’s hire.
“Deanna Sigel is a marketing and communications management specialist with over 30 years experience, mostly in the Puget Sound area, assisting clients and employers to develop and grow,” Ellis said.
Sigel also has experience in broadcast communications, in locations from Los Angeles to Juneau, Alaska. This experience has included producing and appearing in radio, television, digital media and print marketing.
In addition to her professional work in communications and marketing, Sigel previously served as a board member for the Juneau Rotary, and was a committee member for the Snowman Foundation, which helped promote the Ten Grands concert, a show/fundraiser that raises money for music education, at Benaroya Hall.
Ellis said Sigel’s recognition of the importance of businesses jumped out to him and the fellow board members.
“Ms. Sigel has a deep appreciation for local business and for all they contribute toward the community,” he said.
Sigel told The Beacon how happy she was to be in her new role, noting how she was drawn to Mukilteo’s beauty.
"Mukilteo is a perfect fit. I’m drawn to seaside towns. Perhaps it's because I spent a lot of time boating and playing around the sound growing up,” she said. “There’s a beauty within the community that is hard to find elsewhere. Plus, the seaside air is refreshing and invigorating. I find it beneficial for mind and spirit.”
Sigel also described Mukilteo as a “gateway” to the Pacific Northwest as a whole, noting there’s so much one can do in the greater Mukilteo area.
In regards to her new job, Sigel echoed Ellis’ statement regarding appreciating local businesses.
“Often, business owners are unsung heroes, whether they support the little league or community events, offer scholarships, or simply offer jobs and their products or services; their presence strengthens a community,” Sigel said. “What I’ve witnessed is that when businesses thrive, so do their communities. I support the chamber’s mission to promote business development and economic growth in the greater Mukilteo area."
“I would like to thank all of the members of our chamber for their support and patience during the discovery process, and the members of our board who put in many hours behind the scenes,” Ellis said. “Together we look forward to the continued privilege of serving you, your businesses and your families.”
Additionally, this Thursday, there will be an open house from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce, where Sigel will be on hand. Refreshments and snacks will be served.
The Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce is at 4902 76th St. SW, near Olympic View Middle School.