Garner joins The Chamber on March 29, succeeding Tricia Ryan, who left a month ago for a position in Portland, Ore.
A Muskegon resident, Garner has worked in the economic development field since 1997, the last four years as head of Kent Area MicroBusiness Loan Services. He previously served as director of the Muskegon satellite campus for the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center at the former Muskegon Economic Growth Alliance.
Chamber President Joy Gaasch said she was impressed with Garner’s experience in small business development, business retention and working on economic development projects.
“He brings a real large amount of diverse skills to the table,” Gaasch said. “He has a balance of skills in addressing economic development issues and helping small businesses be successful.”