Past president and CEO Tori Riley stepped down from her role in September. Marti Burnley is currently serving as the chamber’s interim president.
Before retaining Waverly Partners, the board spent several months re-examining the role of the chamber in the community as well as identifying the skills needed in a new CEO.
Board members Brian Bearor and Eric Gilbert will lead the seven-member search committee. Waverly Partners will evaluate qualified local, regional and national candidates.
Founded in 1914, the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce is a 1,000-member organization representing more than 23,000 people predominantly in New York State’s Washington, Warren and Northern Saratoga Counties. It is a not-for-profit corporation governed by a 27-member volunteer board of directors receives no funding from local, county or state governments.
Formed in 2001, Waverly Partners serves Fortune 500 service and manufacturing corporations, chambers of commerce and economic development organizations, non-profit organizations, professional service firms, private equity firms, hospitals and healthcare systems, and colleges and universities nationwide.
The firm has conducted C-level assignments for a host of well-known clients, including Andersons, Greater Raleigh (NC) Chamber of Commerce, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Nordson Corp., Parker Hannifin Corp., AMETEK, Michelin, Nucor Corporation, South Carolina Aquarium, Cleveland Metroparks and the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.
The firm has a national reputation of serving chambers of commerce and economic development organizations. The American Chamber of Commerce Executives, the national organization for chamber leaders, designated Waverly Partners as the preferred provider of executive search services. It is the only firm in the country to have earned this distinction.
Sector In Search of New Leaders
Economic and community development organizations continue to turn to executive search firms to find new leaders. Here’s a look at a few recent searches across the sector from the Hunt Scanlon Media newswire archives:
Executive search firm Carlson Beck placed Susan True as the new CEO of Community Foundation Santa Cruz County following a national search. With deep local relationships in the non-profit world, Ms. True has served as executive director of First 5 Santa Cruz County and CASA of Santa Cruz County.
Following an extensive national search, Bialla Partners has placed Tallia Hart as president and chief executive officer of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Partner Jeff Hodge led the assignment. Ms. Hart is the first woman, minority, and youngest to lead the 167-year old organization.
Brent Cooper, an entrepreneur, small business owner and longtime leader in the regional business community, has been named president and CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. The organization enlisted Cincinnati-based executive recruitment firm Centennial Inc. to conduct the search.
Jorgenson Consulting has been selected by the Wayne Economic Development Council to lead in its search for its next president. Todd Jorgenson, managing director and principal, is heading the assignment. The organization has formed a search committee to identify, interview and recommend candidates to replace president Rodney Crider.
Executive search firm Elinvar placed Scott Levitan as CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation, which manages an eminent North Carolina research park known as Research Triangle Park. He succeeds Bob Geolas, who left the organization last September. Elinvar’s president and CEO, Patti Gillenwater, led the search.
Bialla Partners recruited Tallia Hart as president and CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Partner Jeff Hodge led the assignment. She is the first woman, first minority, and youngest to lead the 167-year old organization. Ms. Hart previously served as president and CEO of the Irvine Chamber of Commerce.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media