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Lisa Busjahn’s life-time experience has helped her build a foundation that will better serve a small community.
Busjahn lived most her life in Charlotte, currently resides in Caswell County and soon will be assuming the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Roxboro Area Chamber of Commerce.
She will be taking over for Alicia Puryear, who served in that role for the last five years and will step down on Feb. 1. Busjahn started working at the chamber this week and will be training for the remainder of the month before taking the reins as President and CEO.
Before working for the chamber of commerce, Busjahn worked in various positions including marketing and sales, business development and she coordinated trade show events and logistics.
According to Busjahn, having a variety of professional experience has helped her build strong relationships and these qualities will be a great asset in a small community.
“I am 53 years old and I am not ashamed of that,” Busjahn said. “What happens, especially as a female, is that you have to constantly re-invent yourself to be able to keep up with things, especially when you are my age. Technology changes and everything changes. So what I have done is reinvent myself and I am glad that I have.”
Busjahn explains that women need to grow and change with the times to become stronger and better individuals.
“You can’t be stagnant. If you are stagnant then you are never going to achieve your goals,” said Busjahn.
She describes herself as a woman who likes embracing new challenges.
One of Busjahn’s primary goals for this year is to increase the number of chamber memberships in order to better assist businesses in this area better.
The chamber is also working on updating its website.
Busjahn said she believes first impressions are important and has made this project one of her top priorities and is also looking forward to the chamber banquet as well as the Personality Festival.
“It is going to be challenging my first year but I am really looking forward to it. I don’t like being bored, I have to be challenged and I have to stay busy. I have a great team of people here that are going to help me, a great board, great supportive executive committee and I just feel like with all of those ingredients I have to succeed,” said Busjahn.
At the age of 39, Busjahn decided she wanted to reinvent herself by attending Stanly Community College in pursuit of a degree in criminal justice.
This was one of her proudest accomplishments because she was the oldest in her graduating class.
After graduation, she became a sworn deputy sheriff and was quickly promoted to sergeant in the Crime Scenes Investigations Unit.
Busjahn is also a certified senior crime scene analyst and forensic child interviewer.
Puryear believes these experiences will be a positive asset as Busjahn embarks on her new job.
“For us, someone who is not born and bred in Person County is not a negative against them. It can be a huge positive to have those outside experiences and knowledge and foundation to pull from,” said Puryear.
Still, Busjahn knows the learning curve will be steep.
“I have a lot to learn still and Alicia has been very patient with me. I feel like what Alicia has accomplished is huge in her five years here and they are definitely going to be hard shoes to fill no doubt about it. Everybody knows her here and everybody loves her, but with that being said I will absolutely give it 150 percent,” said Busjahn.
The chamber will host an informal meet and greet on Thursday, Jan. 17 from 3-5 p.m. to welcome Busjahn.