I am writing to let you know of my decision to retire as the President of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce on December 31, 2017. Such news will spread quickly and I wanted you to hear about it from me.
This decision has not been easy, but board leaders have been extremely supportive as I made the decision to redirect this stage of my career. The Chamber will lose no momentum during this transition. I expect to work with the Chamber’s board over the coming months to find a successor who will take the Chamber to greater heights.
The new executive will have a solid platform from which to launch his or her ideas to keep the Chamber and the community on a path of constant improvement. In fact, if the Chamber were not in such good shape, I would not have considered taking this step. But, finances, Chamber leadership and staff, board engagement, member confidence and key relationships have never been stronger – so good, that I’m confident I can let go.
It’s time to change the pace and scope of my work, but I plan to continue assisting those who lead businesses and communities in whatever ways I can. It’s part of my DNA. Some of that work will undoubtedly involve the Chamber, making it very likely that our paths will continue to cross indefinitely. So, no good-byes, please!
My to-do list is long and the remainder of my 2017 calendar is already over-booked. I will spend 2018 working on special projects that will bring value to the Chamber and its members. Meanwhile, a search committee has been formed and will be chaired by Michael Schaffer, head of commercial leasing for CA White, Inc., and a long-time member of the Chamber’s executive committee.
After a request for proposal process, the search committee selected Chamber member United Personnel to assist with the search. United Personnel offers recruitment and staffing services throughout Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.
As Frank Sinatra once said, “The best is yet to come and won’t that be fine.”
In closing, thanks again to all of you. With your continuing support for me and our seasoned staff of professionals during the coming months, I am confident the transition will be a positive process with a great outcome for our Chamber.
Thank you in advance for your support and for all you do for our Chamber and for our communities.