Mark Hulst is the Executive Director for the La Conner Chamber of Commerce, a lifelong Sedro Woolley and Mt. Vernon resident and was the owner of Bavarian Auto House for 14 years.  He started Skagit Cellars in 2012 where he was chief wine maker and CFO.  He also held 3 terms as Mayor of Mt Vernon, was on the Skagit Transit Board. Volunteers of American Board and President of Mt Vernon Chamber in 2010.  He is married, has 3 sons and 7 grandchildren.  He enjoys boating, fishing and gardening.
Mark shared that the most common question he gets asked is “why sell your business” and take on an Executive position at the Chamber of Commerce.  The Chamber position allows him to take his Business and Politic experience and blend them – The Government side and the Business Side.
Mark had two priorities as he came into the Executive position.
 #1 Stabilize the Business so the Chamber could do a better job at supporting the Business Community in La Conner, many of whom suffered during COVID.   Mark decided to produce and publish TV ads.  You can find these ads on UTube and as special events or needs arise.
#2 Mark focused on Tourism.  He enriched the Visitor Center through the use of volunteers, so that when visitors come into town, the center is open Monday-Friday.