For Autumn Rittel, the new executive director of the Montevideo Area Chamber of Commerce, the position is an opportunity and a homecoming.
She has been working for Advanced Sunflower in Huron, S.D., and prior to that, she spent almost five years working for the South Dakota State University Extension office out of Beadle County, S.D., but Rittel is no stranger to Montevideo. The former Autumn Weckwerth is a Montevideo native and graduate, with a lot of family still in the area.
I was just ready to come back to the area. I have my mom, dad, aunts and uncles here," Rittel said.
With her, she brought with years of management experience for the South Dakota State University Extension service, various grain elevators and a degree in agriculture business. She's also got a lot of enthusiasm.
"I'm ready to get Montevideo on the go, I'm excited about all the events the Chamber has scheduled, and we'll be scheduling some more new and exciting activities," Rittel said.
On Rittel's personal list are three upcoming events: the St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 16, the Easter Egg-citement event and the 2013 Women's Expo in April.
"It's an opportunity to get involved with our businesses ... and to get people to Montevideo," Rittel said.
She also confessed another reason she's excited for the events.
"My daughters are excited about the St. Patrick's Day Parade," she said. "They're already talking about their mother's new job."
In the meantime, Rittel is diving right in, and has plenty to do. First on her order of business is meeting as many people as possible and introducing herself.
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