Chamber Board Of Directors Outlines Next Steps For Williams' Replacement
March 5, 2014 -- The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has outlined its plan for replacing Greg Williams.
Chief Operating Officer, Bonnie Lowe, will oversee strategic direction for both the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Corporation of Lawrence & Douglas County, while maintaining her current responsibiliites of day-to-day operations and financial oversight for the Chamber in the interim.
"Bonnie has been managing the day-to-day operations of the Chamber since assuming her role last August," said Mike McGrew, chair of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce. "Her hire has positioned us to continue daily operations and also have the ability to carry out our strategic priorities without skipping a beat."
Lowe will continue to lead efforts on regional economic growth and creation through business recruitment, retention and expansion efforts; identify issues that affect regional economic sustainability and advocate for solutions to those issues through education and civic engagement among businesses, non-profit organizations and government; and increase visibility of member businesses through networking events, business referrals and marketing opportunities.
In addition, Lowe will assume oversight for the Economic Development Corporation of Lawrence & Douglas County's initiatives. Working closely with Hugh Carter, vice president of external affairs and Brady Pollington, economic development project manager, Lowe will continue efforts to attract site selectors to Lawrence and oversee the development and launch of the Dwayne Peaslee Adult Education Center, which will be a key training resource to maintain a skilled workforce for new business growth.
"Bonnie is a strong leader who has extensive experience with the Chamber and EDC, having served on the board of directors for both organizations," said Jerry Samp, chair of the EDC Board of Directors. "She also has deep ties with the Lawrence community with her roles as both mayor and city commissioner. In addition, she brings strong operations experience from her work in the private sectors. She will do an excellent job, along with our talented staff, in continuing to elevate the priorities of both organizations."
Doug Gaumer, who is the immediate past chair of the Chamber Board of Directors and the regional market president for Intrust Bank, will be leading the search committee to find a permanent replacement for Williams. The committee is currently in the process of being formed and will include key stakeholders, including community officials and the Chamber board of directors members.
"With such strong leadership in place, we are focused on taking the time necessary to find a candidate who will be able to elevate both the Chamber and Economic Development Corporation and execute against the strategic priorities that will help support local business, grow the economy and attract new employers to this area," says Gaumer.
The Chamber Board of Directors will continue to provide regular updates as they become available.
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