New director joins River Falls Chamber

12 Sep 2019

St. Croix

Russ Korpela said his goals for his first days with River Falls Chamber of Commerce are to visit with members and get a sense of where they’d like to see the organization go. A strategic plan is one item on the agenda.

RIVER FALLS -- The River Falls Chamber of Commerce will welcome a new executive director, one who is no stranger to the chamber field or the community.

Russ Korpela will fill the position, bringing a variety of experience, from other chambers, time in politics, his own small business and an earlier career in banking. Korpela is originally from Ashland.

“I’ve been a Wisconsin boy my entire life,” he said.

After earning his business degree at Michigan Tech University and starting a career in banking, he was elected to the Ashland City Council and eventually as mayor.

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