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Westmoreland Chamber hires Laurel Highlands chapter manager

| Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce added two employees to the organization's staff, including one who will operate out of Mt. Pleasant.

Deborah Salopek was tabbed to be manager of the chamber's Laurel Highlands chapter, which is based in the borough.

Amy Fauth was named the chamber's communications coordinator.

“We are very excited to welcome Amy and Deborah to the chamber staff,” said Chad Amond, the chamber's president.

Salopek recently earned a bachelor's degree in human services from Seton Hill University in Greensburg.

She also earned an associate's degree in business management from Westmoreland County Community College.

Salopek has managed to balance the demands and responsibilities of raising a family while completing college.

She also demonstrated high levels of leadership and interpersonal communication skills in previous jobs, including:

• Buyer/seller of natural gas for Jeannette-based Energy Transportation Management;

• Teller at Dollar Bank of Greensburg;

• Member of management staff of a national retailer.

She has also owned and operated Pampered Chef, a successful, home based business.

Salopek previously worked for two nonprofit organizations. She was a Silver Sneaker instructor for the Regional Family YMCA of the Laurel Highlands near Mt. Pleasant and she was an intern for the Laurel Highlands Chamber of Commerce in 2010.

“I am looking forward to my work with the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce,” Salopek said.

“Serving as the Laurel Highlands chapter manager, it will be my honor to help business owners grow and increase their business.”

She added that she believes that the connection between the business owners and members of the community is vital to the success of this area.

“When local businesses thrive the members of the community benefit as well. It's about working smarter and not harder,” she said.

Salopek currently resides in Mt. Pleasant with her two children who are both active in school, sports and community.

Since 2008, Fauth has been the owner and founder of the copywriting firm Go-To Girls Marketing, which caters to the marketing needs of small- and medium-sized businesses in the county.

As a senior copywriter, Fauth specialized in assisting clients to initiate connections and maintain communication with current and potential customers via email, web and social media marketing.

“I'm proud to have had a positive impact on my client's businesses,” Fauth said.

“Helping them grow and prosper has been very rewarding and I look forward to the opportunity to influence even more businesses in Westmoreland County with my new position with the chamber.

“I am eager to work with the staff and the chamber's board of directors to advance the organization's mission to improve the community that I've called home for most of my life.”

Prior to establishing her own firm, Fauth served as advertorial coordinator for Trib Total Media in Greensburg, which is the position in which she began working with small business owners.

She also formerly worked as a staff writer and reporter for the Daily Courier in Connellsville and the Latrobe Bulletin in Latrobe.

Fauth currently resides in Hempfield Township with her husband and son.

Fauth's extensive knowledge and understanding of chamber operations as a member with her own company combined with her marketing and communication experience makes her a great asset to the agency, Amond said.

With an abundance of knowledge and experience in the business world, Amond said, Salopek was “the perfect choice” to lead the chamber's new Laurel Highlands Chapter into the future.

“The board of directors, staff, and members are looking forward to working with Amy and Deborah as we continue to sustain and strengthen growth for the chamber, our members and the community,” Amond said.

Fauth is working out of the chamber's main office in Greensburg.