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December 20, 2013

Johnson resigns as director of Main Street Duncan, Inc.

DUNCAN — After almost seven years at the helm of Main Street Duncan, Inc., Tammy Johnson has handed in the reins.

Though leaving the position was a hard decision to make, Johnson said she is excited about her new journey as business developer for Express Employment Professionals, which she will begin on Jan. 6.

“I really loved Main Street; the program and what its goals are,” Johnson said. “I love the business members of Main Street and learned so much from them.”

During her career at Main Street, Johnson has many highlights on the timeline. Possibly the most prominent was when Cruisin’ the Chisholm Trail Car Show was implemented in 2008, just as her second year as director began. Not only is it a exciting event for the community, but also brings in thousands of dollars in revenue to Duncan.

“People know what Main Street Duncan is because of the car show,” Johnson said. “It created an awareness so more people in the community know what the program is.”

It was much work and Johnson said she couldn’t have done it without support along the way. She especially was grateful to the City of Duncan and Jim Frieda, city manager, for their support.

“I have a high regard for Jim because he was an encourager to me,” she said. “It’s a hard job and you need someone like that.”

Other successes have been growing the events already established before she took over like Boo Review, Holiday Stroll and the Christmas Parade, which had 145 entrants this year. A Cash Mob program was also started under Johnson’s leadership, which takes a group of customers into a randomly selected business to shop.

“Tammy did a good job,” said David Yeager, president of the Main Street board. “The folks who have her now have an individual with a lot of energy and a lot of experience.”

Johnson said that experience has much to do with her time at Main Street. As director of a state program, she was required to go to state and national training sessions each year. Through these, she said she learned almost every aspect of business.

“It helped me to become a well-rounded individual,” she said. “Fortunately what I learned opened the door (to the new job).”

At Express Employment, Johnson will be trained and mentored by Sheila Swanson, who has been with the business for 10 years. Together, they will be responsible for recruiting businesses in Duncan who may or may not know of positions Express can help them fill with the right employee.

“Anyone who knows Tammy knows what she brings to the table,” said Jacob Johnson, manager for the Duncan office of Express. “She’s always optimistic and positive and we’re excited to have her.”

Johnson said she is happy to be able to continue to work with the Main Street businesses, as well as several others in the community. On top of that, there will be a certain satisfaction she said will come with the new position.

“I will get to go home every night knowing someone got a job because of me,” she said. “I’ll really be able to help people.”

As far as Main Street’s next move, Yeager said the board was planning to meet Thursday night to finalize Johnson’s resignation and discuss what needs to be done next.

“We are looking at sending out a survey to our members because we want to be an organization that is receptive and responsive to our members,” he said. “This is an opportunity to take pause and do a survey to make sure the board has everyone’s feelings and thoughts in mind as we move forward.”

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