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Plant City Observer Thursday, May 5, 2016 2 years ago

Chamber continues hunt for new president

Current President Marion Smith is set to retire later this month.

The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce is continuing its search for candidates to become the next chamber president.

After using a search firm, the initial search yielded eighty applicants, most from outside of the state of Florida. A screening process categorized the applicants into three tiers and the selection committee chose ten applicants to continue the process.

Most recently, two candidates were brought to Plant City and put through a rigorous interviewing process. The chamber selection committee agreed that both of these candidates were excellent, but were not the best fit for the position. 

“The candidates spent time with community stakeholders, with the chamber board of directors, with the chamber staff, with Marion Smith, and the selection committee conducted a final interview with them,” Brian West, chairman of the board, said. “Outgoing President, Marion Smith, set the standards for the position high and our board of directors is determined to find the most qualified person available, who will best represent our members, non-members, and the community.”

The search for a new president is continuing across the nation. Smith will retire May 27. She has agreed to help if a president has not been found by then. 

“Marion has remained flexible throughout this entire process,” West said. “She agreed months ago that she would do whatever it takes to ensure a smooth transition for the next president – including working a part-time schedule after May 27. We have a stellar staff, as well, and they are ready for the challenge."

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