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Barrie Chamber of Commerce Concludes Contract with GM

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

The Board of Directors of the Barrie Chamber of Commerce reached a decision with GM Gerald Meenye on July 23 to conclude his role as General Manager. The decision was made in the best interest of current and future members, as well as what will help the Chamber to continue to move forward as an organization. 

The Board reached an agreement with Meenye, who personally addressed internal staff and outlined the nature of his departure. While arrangements are made to permanently fill the role, the interim GM will be Todd Armstrong. 

"We are extremely confident with our interim leader; this individual is both familiar and committed to upholding the values and mission of the Barrie Chamber," said Stella Millis President, Barrie Chamber of Commerce. 

She adds, "While the loss of a staff member is never easy, it is not uncommon for organizations to re-examine their leadership during periods of transition." 

After unveiling a brand new logo and website in June, an updated strategic plan was presented to members and partners at the Barrie Chamber's annual general meeting held on June 16, 2015. The Chamber has been embracing a period of revitalization since the beginning of the year. 

"We've taken this move as an opportunity to renew each Board member's commitment to our strategic plan while also taking a hard look at our vision and how we can each make an impact," said Millis. 

The Barrie Chamber has experienced an upswing in both member and community commitment this year as seen by a sold out Golf Event on August 10th, moving to a larger venue for the November 12th Barrie Business Awards Gala, and one of the largest turn-outs for the Mayor's annual luncheon early in the year. 

"This year has set the tone for continued momentum and for the direction that we want to keep moving in, which is forward," said Millis.

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