NAVARRE — Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has a new chief executive officer and president.

Last week, Navarre's first chamber announced that Tamara Fountain would be the new leader of the organization after its former President/CEO Judy Morehead gave her resignation in June.

Monday was Fountain's first day on the job.

"I'm still figuring out where the pens are," she said with a laugh.

Fountain has been a resident of Navarre since 2003. Her background is in both the private and public sector. From 2012-15, served as the Communications Administrator and Chief Operations Officer for the City of Pensacola. Since leaving government, she has operated a consulting business.

"My background is in small business, that's my passion," she said. "Small businesses are the backbone of south Santa Rosa County."

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At the chamber, Fountain said she wants to work on building on the existing programs and advocating for the community.

"Navarre is on fire right now," she said. "But it's very important that Navarre grows the way we want it to."

As for Navarre's second chamber, Greater Navarre Area Chamber of Commerce, Fountain said she wants to work on making Navarre united. The GNACC is led by Tony Alexander, who was President/CEO of Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce for less than two years until June 2015.

Fountain said she's like both chambers to work together "anywhere it makes sense to collaborate."

"I have many friends involved in both organizations," she said. "Tony Hughes (GNACC charter member) has congratulated me on the position along with board members. We don't all have to agree on everything, but we can agree on the big stuff and work together."

As Navarre grows, Fountain said she wants to lift up the folks who have made the chamber what it is today while also paying attention to new stakeholders.

"I'm here to work in the background, to serve," she said. "I'm very grateful to be a part of it."