The Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer, Robb Chiles, is resigning effective immediately. Summer Joy reached out to the Board Chairman, Jim Hammon, to find out why Chiles left and what the public can expect for the future from the Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce.
For at least a little while there will be one empty seat at the Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce board meetings. After serving as the President and Chief Executive Officer for 10 years, Robb Chiles, notified Jim Hammon, the Board Chairman, on Monday morning with a verbal notification; by that night Hammon received his written resignation effective immediately to pursue other options.
"Anytime you lose a key member of an organization, it takes a minute to get our footing underneath of us and we are certainly have responded well to that. We are going to continue to move forward and the chamber is going to remain strong," said the Board Chairman, Jim Hammon.
Chiles has worked on the board for several years carrying out many chamber functions, including helping prepare for events. Like the upcoming Independence Day Parade, Liberty Festival, a Taste of Idaho, and their annual golf tournament.
"The staff that the Chamber of Commerce has, the amount of work they get done, the events they put on and the things they do in the community, it's definitely going to leave us lacking of person. We are moving as quickly as we can to fill that position," added Hammon.
In the meantime, a committee of board members will select an acting president and CEO and will conduct a search for a permanent replacement.
"The Chamber is a team, it's a team that builds businesses in Idaho Falls and encourages businesses and fosters the growth of that business and certainly that team will remain intact and we are going to move forward with keeping business strong in Idaho Falls and the surrounding areas," said Hammon.
When I asked Hammon if he knew when they would find a permanent replacement he said that it really just depends on numerous factors, but he hopes sooner than later.
If you are interested in the volunteer position you can stop by the Chambers office or go online to their website, http://www.idahofallschamber.com/
, for more information.