Davis chamber of commerce eyes big changes in 2021

Monica Popkess

It’s a new year and the Davis Chamber of Commerce is making big changes.
Among the many new changes include a new chamber director, Monica Popkess.
Popkess hit the ground running on Dec. 21, 2020. In her first month at the Chamber she’s proud to announce the Chamber is re-branding. A new logo and website are on the horizon.
She’s hosted her first Zoom Chamber meeting and has a Valentine’s campgain ready to launch soon (two $100 gift cards are on the line courtesy of TH Rogers Lumber Company and Stillwater Milling) on the Davis, OK Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. Stay tuned for more Zoom meetings on how to advertise and market your business hosted by the Chamber with Popkess at the helm.
Popkess brings experience and a unique perspective to the Davis Chamber of Commerce after her time working at the Ada News and the Ada Chamber of Commerce from 2013-18.
“I was the director of Operations/Marketing there (Ada Chamber) for a year,” Popkess explained. “We moved to Ardmore after we got married and I looked for jobs at a Chamber of Commerce. I had found my dream job working at the Chamber. I missed it so much.”
Yes, Popkess lives in Ardmore and yes, she commutes to Davis daily to work at the Davis Chamber of Commerce.
“When the job for Davis was advertised, I called a coworker from Ada and asked if she thought I could do the job, she said absolutely! Yes, you can! I applied and fell in love with the town and the potential of the town. I feel so grateful that I am going to get to do what I love,” Popkess beamed.
Popkess grew up in the Ada/Stonewall area and went to elementary in Vanoss. “I am a wolf, too,” she said with a smile.
She runs a blended household. She is mom to a 21 year-old son and 11 year-old daughter. Her husband Mikeal has an 8 year-old and a 7-year old. Popkess has attended college online since 2018 and works full time. She will be finished in February with a bachelors degree in marketing and social media marketing and plans on taking a break before she starts her masters degree.
Popkess said she has enjoyed the one-on-one time she’s been able to have with so far with local business owners and is making it a priority to carve out more time to find out what each business has to offer in Davis. “I feel that I have been received very well here,” Popkess said. “People are so kind and it’s been nice to make the connections that I have.”
Two events on the horizon are ribbon cuttings for Arctic Processing on Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. and Bluebird Cottages (located one mile from Turner Falls Park) on Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. Chamber members, local business owners, friends and family of the businesses hosting the ribbon cutting are invited to attend.
A new chamber committee, Chamber Ambassadors will be introduced at these ribbon cuttings. This is another opportunity to promote businesses involved with the Chamber. Contact the chamber for more information or to become a Chamber Ambassador.
Popkess said her door is always open . . . . so is her email, direct message on the chamber and her personal Facebook pages and her phone for a conversation whenever it’s convenient for you. “I want to interact with members,” Popkess said. “We want to be there for you and help your business. If you’re not a member, please call us and let us see how we can help you.”
The Chamber of Commerce is located at 100 E. Main Street. For more information call Popkess or Melissa Branch at (580) 369-2402.

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