The Gulf County Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed in a new events manager, Kristen Gerspacher.



The Gulf County Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed in a new events manager, Kristen Gerspacher.

Gerspacher comes into the position with years of experience in radio broadcasting, particularly in sales. Gerspacher also worked for the city of Bremen, GA where she filled dual positions as the better town manager and the senior center manager, organizing activities and events at both locations.

Gerspacher relocated to Gulf County after her husband accepted a job in Panama City, but has been visiting the area for years while staying at her husband’s family’s property at Gulf Aire.

Gerspacher, who started in the position in late June, was quickly thrown into the fire with the Johnny & the Love Seats concert on July 6.

In her short time with the chamber, Gerspacher has been impressed with the local business community.

“Everybody is ready to pitch in and help,” Gerspacher said. “I haven’t come across anybody that has given me any negative feedback.

“I’ve had a really positive feedback about the city and all the merchants that I have spoken to so far just have been so welcoming.”

After settling in the past couple of weeks, Gerspacher is ready to get to work. She would like to continue events that have been popular in the past as well as bring in new events to energize the county.

Some of the ideas floating around are the possibility of holding a “Wurstfest” and a possible Christmas tour of homes.

While in the early stages and not written in stone just yet, Gerspacher is excited for what the future holds.

“We’re looking around the area to see what’s working in other coastal towns, how we can improve, and what we can bring to this area that people might enjoy, both locals and visitors,” Gerspacher said.”

While Gerspacher has concentrated her beginning work in downtown Port St. Joe, she said she wants to expand Chamber of Commerce activities and events throughout the county by year’s end, while also drawing businesses from the entirety of Gulf County into centralized events.

Gerspacher said that even after calling Gulf County home for nearly a year, the excitement of the place is still new.

“Everyday you get to wake up and drive down the coast to work,” Gerspacher said. “It doesn’t get old.”