WILLMAR — The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce has hired Samantha Thomason as its new director of member services and sales.

Thomason is replacing Christie Ramson, who recently took over as the new president and CEO of the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce.

Thomason will be responsible for coordinating the general activities and management of the volunteers, committees and special events/projects at the chamber. She will also be responsible for membership sales, committee management, networking and implementation of the chamber's business plan.

Most recently, Thomason worked as the regional manager for Anytime Fitness, overseeing 15 locations and 48 employees in the Green Bay, Wisconsin, and upper Michigan area.