Thursday, November 8, 2012

CEO of Black Chamber of Commerce resigns

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 7:51 AM

Eric Lee
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The Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce is losing its leader.

President and CEO Dr. Eric Lee is leaving the position to become executive director of Colorado Community College Online.

Prior to working for the Chamber, Lee was assistant to the president at Suffolk University in Boston, and taught at Suffolk's Sawyer Business School and the College of Arts & Sciences. In April 2009, Lee replaced former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb as leader of the Chamber.

The Chamber is searching for a new leader. Lee's last day is Nov. 9.


7 November 2012 (Denver) - After four years of leadership Dr. Eric Lee, President and CEO of the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce to become Executive Director of Colorado Community College Online, Chairman Richard Lewis announced today.

"Eric has done a tremendous job at the CBCC, where he has worked tirelessly on behalf of our growing membership. I am sorry to see him go," Lewis said. "However, the good news is that Eric and his family are staying in Colorado and in his new position will continue helping to serve people in our community."

Lewis praised Lee's accomplishments during his tenure at the chamber: "Eric increased the number and quality of programs offered to chamber members; he led a strategic visioning and merging with the African American Construction Council; he saw beyond barriers and forged a partnership with the Hispanic Contractors of Colorado to develop the highly successful Contractor Academy program; he provided the and he broadened the chamber's reach with nationally recognized programs to support black entrepreneurs. While it is always hard to lose dedicated, talented people, I am confident that with the processes and procedures established by Eric; the chamber will continue to function at a high level."

Lee's resignation is effective November 9th and a search for Lee's replacement will begin immediately.

"It has been an honor to work with Richard Lewis and former Mayor Wellington Webb and their colleagues on the board of directors," Lee said. "I have been privileged to work with an incredibly dedicated, hard-working and talented board at the chamber."

"This has been a difficult decision for me," Dr. Lee said. "The work at the chamber has been rewarding - and much remains to do. However, the opportunity to return to higher education in a leadership role returns me to my core expertise as an educator. The CBCC served as a tremendous opportunity in my professional career and for that, I'm eternally grateful to the board and the individuals who recruited me to Denver."

In his new role, Lee will provide leadership and administrative direction for all of CCCOnline's operational, academic, educational and technical activities. CCCOnline is an extension of and a service to each of the 13 Colorado Community College System (CCCS) colleges offering students an entire virtual educational option and greater access to all the CCCS colleges.

About Dr. Lee and Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Eric Lee was appointed President & CEO of the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce in April 2009.

The Colorado Black Chamber (CBCC) began in 1985 with just a staff of one and a handful of Black business members. Now, the organization boasts more than 50 corporate members and nearly 1000 business members. The Chamber remains a solid voice for the Black business community while continuously refocusing its efforts to meet the ever changing needs of its members.

The CBCC provides extraordinary customer service, reasonable member rates and value-add resources. It works with other area chambers to give members a broad range of opportunity for networking and visibility. It's more than a business as usual membership organization. It's the best friend and partner of its members, working exclusively on their behalf and providing the assistance and support they need.

Prior to coming to the chamber, Lee spent fourteen years in higher education developing, and administering programs to serve the needs of students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Suffolk University.

Lee has a doctorate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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