Courtesy of Renton Chamber of Commerce Website. Diane Dobson appointed by board as new Renton Chamber CEO and President.

Courtesy of Renton Chamber of Commerce Website. Diane Dobson appointed by board as new Renton Chamber CEO and President.

Dobson is the official Chamber of Commerce President

Long-time member is excited about the opportunity

After almost a year without an official president, the Renton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors selected Diane Dobson as president and CEO.

The decision, expressed in a press release to Renton Reporter on Wednesday, Jan, 29, comes after a national recruitment process that has been ongoing since October 2019. Dobson has served as interim CEO since the departure of Vicky Baxter last spring.

“I am excited for this next chapter, both for the chamber and the community and am looking forward to continuing to build relationships within the business community that enhance and enrich the Renton community as a whole,” Dobson stated in the release.

Dobson joined the chamber staff in March 2018, before stepping in as interim director when Baxter retired in June 2019. Dobson’s is a born-and-raised Rentonite with a longtime family legacy in Renton and the North Renton neighborhood. Before joining chamber she was an active community member and worked in the legal field with at her father Wyman Dobson’s firm downtown.

In the press release, the board states there were several qualified candidates, and that the board appreciated applicant and staff patience while they filled the position with the “best possible candidate to lead the chamber into the future.” Board of Directors President Karen Schartman, who also serves as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Strategy at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington, said Dobson brought all the attributes the board was seeking in a leader.

“She has passion and commitment, she has a deep history and understanding of the community, and she has the full confidence of the board in her ability to continue and expand on the great work she has done to support Renton businesses since she joined the chamber staff,” Schartman stated in the release.

The board consists of Schartman, Jay Townsend (First Financial Northwest Bank), Rebecca Cherney (Columbia Bank, Kevin McCarthy (Renton Technical College), Sarah McNeish (Multiservice Center), Reba Haas (Team Reba), Rick Marshall (Renton Regional Fire Authority), James Alberson (Top Tier Training and Development), Lisa Yaskus (Renton Reporter), Kevin Smith (Renton School District), Eric Gaston (The Evergreen Market), Sean Greenlee (Starbucks), David Hoffman (Puget Sound Energy), Rick McMaster (Vino at the Landing) and Ryan Tomasich (Boeing).

More information on the Renton Chamber of Commerce is available at

Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in Business

Photo by Haley Ausbun. At Four Generals Brewing, they’ve been adjusting to the “new normal” by selling growlers to go for loyal customers.
Renton grocery store and restaurant take-out info

Right now is the time to support small businesses, as previously reported… Continue reading still has listings for medical equipment, but the website includes a caveat and other protections to ensure equipment is supplied to those who need it. Screenshot
Five businesses warned for price gouging

Ferguson sent cease and desist letters to five businesses, including one in Issaquah.

Sound Publishing operates the following titles in King County: Federal Way Mirror, Auburn Reporter, Kent-Covington Reporter, Renton Reporter, Enumclaw Courier-Herald, Kirkland Reporter, Bellevue Reporter, Snoqualmie Valley Record, Issaquah Reporter, Redmond Reporter, Bothell-Kenmore Reporter, Mercer Island Reporter and the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber.
Renton Reporter to suspend print publication

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to rapidly evolve across the globe, the… Continue reading

COVID-19 gathering restriction delays funerals

For one funeral home owner, the confusion came to a head after a recent service.

Customers buying high volume of products at cannabis shops

Retail establishments get the green light to remain open during COVID-19 pandemic.

Courtesy of Renton Schools. Through a mentor program between local students and car dealerships, involving Renton School District Career Technical Education (CTE) worksite learning coordinators, nonprofit Mentor Washington and Communities in Schools Renton-Tukwila, students are getting both careers and a friendly hand on stepping into the adulthood. Pictured: First mentee in the program Nick Romo, who has gone on to continue his career after the program and is nearly a master technician, in a video about the program.
Dealing kids a better future

Local car dealerships mentor Renton students for future careers

Courtesy of City of Renton. Site area for the Park Avenue North extension, a project from the city and SECO development that creates a second access point for Southport.
SECO expands its reach

Two new land acquisitions will expand Southport

A screenshot of the Facebook post from Feb. 5 containing the video that allegedly showed roaches in the downtown Renton IHOP kitchen. The restaurant was inspected the next day at request of the owner and found to be clean and free of pests.
Inspection debunks fake viral cockroach video

A local IHOP restaurant received an “excellent” rating after complaints made

Courtesy of Renton Chamber of Commerce Website. Diane Dobson appointed by board as new Renton Chamber CEO and President.
Dobson is the official Chamber of Commerce President

Long-time member is excited about the opportunity

AIM Aerospace changes name, ownership

The Renton business hopes recent acquisition will bring stability

Dennis Muilenburg, who was ousted as CEO of Boeing Dec. 23, in a September video from the company where he shared safety improvements.
Boeing CEO is out

After recently announcing the temporary shutdown of the Renton Boeing plant, Dennis Muilenburg is replaced by board of directors.