Darren S. Denington, CFBE, Board Chairman of The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce, released today an update regarding the Chamber’s leadership transition plan, which was put into place following long time President & CEO Tammy Bracewell’s recent decision to step down from her leadership role. Bracewell will continue to work with the Chamber in a different capacity. Effective June 7th, 2013, Chamber Vice President Laura Simpson assumed, on an interim basis, the role of President & CEO. The Chamber’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors both unanimously approved the appointment of Simpson as Interim President & CEO, citing her management and leadership skills, dedication to the Chamber and its members, and 13 years of experience with the organization.
Chairman Denington stated, “I have been extremely pleased with our transition period. We have a very large membership and our goal was to make sure that we did not miss a step in providing value to every one of our members. We are lucky to have someone of Laura’s caliber and experience in the building to keep us on track.”
The Executive Committee, which is working closely with Denington and Simpson on transition oversight, also reported that its members were extremely pleased with the transition to date and with the steps Simpson and the staff had implemented thus far. Tony Del Castillo, Chair-elect said, “We have an incredible team of employees at the Chamber and [the Committee is] excited about how it is engaging our members and working cohesively thru this transition.”
The Chamber will take a patient and thoughtful approach to the selection process for the permanent President/CEO to make sure it has the right person in place for the future. The Executive Committee has decided not to initiate an outside search at this time, but instead to monitor the transition closely, use the time to address the long term goals for the organization, and decide by the Fall whether an outside search would be appropriate. Bob Bivins, immediate Past Chairman and Executive Committee member, stated, “Just like we would for our own businesses, we need to be methodical thru this transition and not act precipitously. At the end of the day, we want to have absolute confidence that we have the right person in place to take the organization forward. As we work toward that ultimate goal, we have great confidence in Laura’s stewardship and are extremely fortunate to have her at the helm as we navigate through these waters.”