There seems to be quite a bit of confusion about something that happened last week. The confusion circles around my recent departure from the San Tan Valley Chamber of Commerce. I am not going to write much about it today, since it's late and I still have a lot of work to do, but I wanted to at least open the door for upcoming conversation.
I have pasted the email that I sent out to the members last week, below:
I moved into San Tan Valley in August of 2006. One week later I was asked to get involved with the local Chamber of Commerce, then known as the San Tan Area Chamber of Commerce. It was a brand new Chamber, with little direction but it did have people that wanted “something”. Over the years the Chamber has grown from a group of people that wanted to get together for coffee and chatting, to a proudly recognized entity on a local, regional and state level that advocates for the community, the businesses and our members. San Tan Valley is at the table, everywhere, because of the hard work I put into the Chamber. Our membership has grown by leaps and bounds and we have such an extensive list of successes that I can't even begin to list them all. (Click here and here to learn about what we work on every day and what we've done for this community.)
In 2010, when I became the President/CEO (and no longer a Board member) I dedicated every waking moment to the San Tan Valley Chamber of Commerce. It was hard and the challenges I was faced with on a daily basis were incredible. I sacrificed time with my family, time with friends, and my business. I did it however with no hesitation and no regret. I love this community and I was willing to give it all I had to help steer it in the right direction. I know that where the Chamber was then and where it is today, is because of the hard work, dedication and passion that I have for this community and our local businesses.
I have spent the last several months looking at my life and my community and wondering if the position was restricting me from being able to address the many issues that need addressing in our community and I considered stepping down numerous times. But then I would get a call or a message from a business who needed help and I knew that I was the only person they could call that would stop what they were doing to help. Today however that all changed. During a Board meeting, of which only a few were in attendance, I realized that I needed to step down, effective immediately. It's time for me to take on other challenges and use my skills to build a better community at large.
To all of our members who have supported the San Tan (Area) Valley Chamber of Commerce over the years, I say thank you. Thank you for believing in our vision. Thank you for supporting our local businesses and thank you to those of you that held your heads high, acted professionally and stayed above it all.
Soon I will start to discuss some of the "confusion" that is circulating around my departure.