After three decades at the helm, Cape May County Chamber of Commerce president passes the torch

Emily Paul to succeed Vicki Clark 

Emily Paul has been named the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce‘s new president, succeeding Vicki Clark upon her retirement after more than 30 years in late May.

“I’m most excited to learn from Vicki, a strong leader and generous role model,” Paul said. “I’m also looking forward to working with the chamber members, exchanging ideas and making a plan toward helping and advocating for them, as well as being even more involved in Cape May’s thriving community I love.”

Paul comes to the CMC Chamber from CompleteCare Health Network in Bridgeton, where she most recently served as vice president of communications and development. During her time with the organization, which is the second-largest Federally Qualified Health Center in New Jersey, Paul gained valuable experience she feels will transfer well to her new duties as CMC Chamber president.

“I want people to know Cape May County is more than just a place to go in the summer. This was where I first learned job and life skills. The last time I worked down here, I was 19 and working at a toy store in Stone Harbor,” Paul said. “And, now, I get to follow my dream to come back and build up the community. Thriving businesses are key.”

While this will be a new role, Paul is very familiar with the work of the chamber. In 2019, she participated in and completed CMC Chamber’s Leadership Cape May County, a three-part, nine-month program designed to help mold participants into dynamic leaders.

“We’re excited that we were able to find a candidate with Emily’s enthusiasm — for her community and this new position,” Clark said. “It’s key to the chamber’s growth, which I know Emily will be taking a huge part in.”

Representing over 800 members and a 27-member board of directors, Vicki Clark has served as Cape May County’s chamber president for the last 18 years. She announced her retirement in January so she can spend more time focusing on her family.