On Friday, October 8, Tom Pierson, the Chamber's President and CEO for the past 10 years, announced to the Chamber membership that he would be stepping down from his position at the end of this calendar year.
Here is the text of Tom's message.
I recently shared with the Executive Committee of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber Board of Directors my decision to end my tenure at the Chamber at the end of December.
When I accepted the position of President & CEO of the Chamber, I committed to myself and my family to serve the organization for ten years. I believe Leadership matters, and there is a point at which a leadership change is good for both the leader and the organization.
It has been an honor to serve you. Let me express my sincere appreciation for your membership and participation with the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber. You are the reason the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber has a solid record of achievement and is the state's premier business association.
I am incredibly proud of the work we have accomplished at the chamber. Your Chamber team is highly professional and effective—the best team I have worked with. This ten-year mark is an excellent opportunity for new leadership to take the organization to an even higher level.
The Chamber’s Board of Directors has been working diligently and strategically to select an individual to succeed me and ensure the Chamber’s continued success. I am confident in their process and have no doubt the Chamber will continue its work making the South Sound the most equitable and inclusive place to do business in Washington state.
The Chamber has retained the Valtas Group to assist the board in recruiting the next chamber leader and engaging the broader community in the process. We expect the search to be national. Additional information about the process should be shared with you soon. People who are interested in the position or would like to nominate others can reach Ed Rogan, of Valtas, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also reach out to Board Chair AJ Gordon at AJ.Gordon@bannerbank.com with your questions and suggestions.
Again, thank you for your partnership. It has been my honor to be part of Washington’s business and political development, working with business leaders like you!
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