Outgoing leader recalls time with Franklin chamber

The second day on the job for the leader of Franklin’s Chamber of Commerce was a bit intimidating, since it was the annual downtown holiday lighting festival.

Tricia Bechman stepped in to oversee one of the chamber’s biggest events in 2002. Since then she’s worked to add events and members to the chamber. In her time as director, the Franklin chamber added more than 100 members, she said.

Bechman has resigned after leading the chamber for 11 years. She will take over as director of the Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce in April. Her last day in Franklin is March 26. Seymour has a population of about 18,000 people and is located about 40 minutes south of Franklin. The Seymour chamber is larger, but the job will be similar and allow her to use the skills she’s developed here, she said.

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