It's really going to happen. On Feb. 1, the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. will become one.
And developer Doug Quimby has been crowned king of the new organization, called the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC. He already had been chair of the EDC board.
Some 20 years ago, the EDC broke away from the Chamber. After the resignation of EDC CEO Mike Kazmierski last May, both groups announced they would explore a merger. Think of the rent they'd save. Perhaps they could get rid of a few jobs, a rather unsettling idea, given that the goal of both groups has been to sustain existing businesses and recruit new ones in order to create jobs.
In any event, in a news release, the Chamber and EDC today listed the new group's officers. They are:
Chairman: Quimby, Principal Owner and CEO of La Plata Communities, Inc.
Vice-chair: Mike Jorgensen, President and Partner, Red Noland Cadillac, Inc.
Treasurer: Chris Blees, CEO, BiggsKofford, P.C.
Secretary: Dan Malinaric, Managing Director and Site Manager, Atmel Corporation.
Other members of the transition team: Toby Gannett, Executive Director, The Palisades at Broadmoor Park and Steve Helbing, Regional President-Southern Colorado, Wells Fargo Bank.
Other members of the new board include:
Frank Caris, CEO, dpiX, LLC
Debbie Chandler, Executive Vice President and CEO, Colorado Springs Health Partners
Chris Jenkins, President, Nor’wood Development Group
Tom Neppl, President, Springs Fabrication, Inc.
Sherri Newell, Chief Public Affairs Officer, Colorado Springs Utilities
Kevin O’Neil, President, The O’Neil Group
Dave Palenchar, COO, El Pomar Foundation
Venkat Reddy, Ph.D., Dean, College of Business, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Retired Gen. Gene Renuart, former commander of NORAD
Jorgensen praised the selection of Doug Quimby as Chair of the new organization with strong words of support on behalf of the new board members. “I’ve worked with Doug on this merger for the past eight months and am delighted that he will be leading us as we craft the strategic direction for this new, dynamic organization.” He added, “I believe his knowledge, passion and vision will be just what we need to be successful.”
The Transition Team will interface with the staff of both organizations to ensure a smooth operational transition with minimal impact on the core functions and activities of both organizations. Meanwhile, the entire board will be engaged in pursuing a more robust strategic plan to improve the region’s prosperity. Beginning February 1, board Chair, Doug Quimby, will serve as Interim CEO of the new organization until a new CEO has been named.
The CEO search is proceeding under the direction of a previously constituted search committee. It is anticipated that a CEO for the organization will be hired by the new board sometime in February.
“I’m extremely pleased and encouraged by the work being done by the members of the new board,” commented board Chair Doug Quimby. “The exceptional teamwork, energy and leadership of the board members, coupled with a highly dedicated staff, bodes well for the future of the organization.”
The investors, members, and members of the community will receive regular communications and updates as plans evolve and progress is made in formalizing The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC.