The Greeley Area Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019. With a mission to enhance the economic viability of the Greeley and Weld County community, the Chamber anticipates, collaborates and acts on challenges and opportunities that impact the Greeley area’s overall vitality. The Chamber has over 700 investors, ranging from small entrepreneurial businesses to operations of multinational corporations. Additionally, the Chamber has a long-standing management agreement with the City of Greeley to provide tourism and community promotion services through Visit Greeley.
The Chamber’s $830+K budget for chamber and tourism activities is generated from investors throughout the region along with revenue from special events and programs annually. This includes the $250K from the City of Greeley in support of Visit Greeley activities. The Chamber has a solid balance sheet with strong reserves. More information about the Chamber can be found on its website: www.greeleychamber.com
Sarah MacQuiddy is the Chamber’s President & Chief Executive Officer and has worked at the organization for 25 years, serving as CEO for over 15. She has announced her plans to retire so the Board of Directors has embarked on a national search to recruit a new CEO to guide the Chamber and its prominent business, tourism and community development leadership activities in Greeley and the broader Northern Colorado region (NoCo).
Greeley is located in the High Plains region of Northern Colorado and is a growing community of 110,000 and the county seat of Weld County, population 255,000. Greeley is at the intersection of US Highways 85 and 34, an hour north of Denver and an hour from the Rocky Mountains. The area offers an outstanding quality of life based on education, climate, diverse economy, arts, culture and green space. Greeley is the region’s economic engine and benefits from a diverse business climate. Key industries include healthcare, education, agri-business, energy development, tourism and hospitality, retail, food processing and specialized manufacturing, knowledge and innovation along with small businesses and start-up companies. Major employers in the area include JBS Swift & Company, Banner Health, State Farm, Leprino Foods, University of Northern Colorado and Noble Energy. Like many other regional communities, Greeley currently benefits from low unemployment so recruiting and retaining a quality workforce is a challenge, as is continuing to develop head-of-household jobs and affordable housing. Greeley is Weld County’s and the broader region’s hub for business, education, healthcare, retail, services, arts and culture and entertainment.
Northern Colorado region (NoCo) includes Greeley and the communities of Loveland (population 73,000) and Fort Collins (population 161,000) in adjacent Larimer County. The respective Chambers of Commerce in these 3 communities have aligned to focus on common interests around advocacy for business through the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance and the regional economy, through One NoCo, a public-private economic development agency. According to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs State Demography office, this North Front Range area is the fastest growing region in the State, based on its diverse economic base, quality of life and diverse population. Weld County’s population is expected to exceed 400,000 over the next decade.
President & Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of the Chamber reports to the Chair of the 7-member Executive Committee of the Chamber’s 27-member Board of Directors. The CEO leads and directs the 5-person Chamber staff along with temporary staff and interns and a contract lobbyist based in Denver. Other important interactions: executives and employees of Chamber member organizations; county and municipal elected and appointed officials; state and national elected officials; representatives of other public and private sector organizations with related community and economic development missions; university, community college, and K-12 education officials; and members of the media. The CEO will provide high profile leadership, vision, guidance and strategic direction for the programs and personnel of the Greeley Area Chamber of Commerce. This executive will facilitate and lead staff and Board efforts to achieve the mission and goals of the Chamber as approved by the Board of Directors. The CEO has full P&L responsibility and will demonstrate knowledge and expertise on the local and regional economy, political environment, marketing and branding concepts, membership sales, and the opportunities and challenges to the growth and prosperity of large and small employers in the region. S/he must also demonstrate openness to ideas from a variety of sources and focus on achieving “best in class” outcomes.
Outstanding opportunity for a chamber of commerce, economic development, association, nonprofit or private sector executive to lead and grow a successful regional Chamber organization in a growing and vibrant region. The CEO will have the benefit of working with a highly committed and influential Board of Directors and group of volunteers with a “get it done” attitude. As the “go to” business organization in the region, the Chamber consistently takes the lead in community and business development conversations and efforts. The Chamber CEO is a highly visible leadership position in Greeley and, as such, the new CEO will have significant influence on the continued thoughtful growth and development of Greeley and the Northern Colorado region in the years to come. The Chamber’s volunteer and staff leaders are not content with status quo and have high expectations for the Chamber’s new leader as he/she leads them into “the next chapter” for the Chamber and the Greeley area community and the NoCo region.
Ideal candidate must have at least 10 years of experience and a proven track record of success. This experience may come from a variety of backgrounds such as: the top executive within a progressive and effective comparably-sized chamber of commerce, economic development organization, or related significant business association or other nonprofit organization; experience as a “#2” or other senior-level executive at a larger like-enterprise as noted above; an executive with a strong record of community involvement from a complex private or public-sector entity. Experience serving a regional marketplace along with significant Board interaction and experience leading large numbers of volunteers are all strongly desired.
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