Oakmont Chamber of Commerce's new director brings musical background to the job
Oakmont Chamber of Commerce is under new management.
Chris Bromley, 39, was tapped to replace former Director Summer Tissue, who left in August after more than eight years.
Bromley lives in Imperial with his wife, Jessica, and their 8-year-old son, Simon. He was hired in October and said he is getting acclimated to the borough.
“I've been to Oakmont, but it's not like I grew up here,” he said. “It's been great. Everybody's friendly. I'm very much enjoying the people here in Oakmont.”
He moved from New Jersey to Pennsylvania in 1997 to study at Duquesne University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in music performance, an artist diploma in cello performance and a master's degree in education.
A music competition in 2007 made him change from performing to music management.
Bromley went on to serve as the university's music center executive director from 2008-2016, Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra executive director from 2014-2017 and as a consultant for the Afro American Music Institute in Homewood in 2016 through this year.
Bromley said he hopes to bring more music-related activities to the borough.
Chamber Treasurer Betty Anderson said there were 35 candidates for the director position. They were narrowed down to six for interviews and two finalists for second interviews by the board. She said Bromley's background and attitude were key factors in choosing him for the job.
“He's worked for several nonprofits, which was certainly a benefit,” Anderson said. “I thought he was very personable and would fit in with our small town. He has a lot of social media experience. I'm looking forward to seeing all the new things Chris is going to bring.”
His first activities with the chamber included the Halloween Hustle 5K on Oct. 28. It's an annual run and mile walk presented in conjunction with the Riverview Community Action Corp.
Bromley also helped with Hometown Christmas on Nov. 18.
“We kind of threw him in at our craziest time of the year,” Chamber President Ray Rogers said. “He came through great. If he survived Hometown Christmas, he's a keeper. We're looking forward to going into the new year with a new outlook and coming up with new events.”
Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer.