Weldon taking chamber’s reigns

Rick Weldon
Elizabeth Cromwell

FREDERICK, Md. — The Frederick County (Md.) Chamber of Commerce board recently announced that Rick Weldon, vice president of chamber operations, will become the new president and CEO.

He will follow Elizabeth Cromwell, who is leaving to become president and CEO of the Charlottesville (Va.) Regional Chamber of Commerce. Her last day in Frederick was scheduled for Sept. 14. 

Cromwell has served as the chamber’s president and CEO since 2014. Under her leadership, the chamber launched several new programs and initiatives, including the Partners in Trust program, and moved its headquarters back to downtown Frederick.

Weldon joined the chamber staff in 2013. In addition to serving as vice president of chamber operations, he is the executive director of the chamber’s Leadership Frederick program.

In a news release announcing the changes, Jon-Mikel Bailey, board chairman, said, “Elizabeth has done an outstanding job leading the Chamber the last four years. She was instrumental in strengthening the chamber’s ability to meet the needs of the Frederick business community and ensured we are well-positioned for the future. We thank Elizabeth for her service and wish her well.

“At the same time, we are delighted that Rick will serve as the president and CEO. Rick’s experience and knowledge of Frederick and the region make him the right person to lead the chamber. With more than 800 businesses belonging to the chamber, we are committed to ensuring the chamber continues to be their trusted partner and voice in ways that help make them successful.”