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Chamber Announces Upcoming Leadership Transition

Chamber Announces Upcoming Leadership Transition

Chamber Announces Upcoming Leadership Transition 


Today, Chamber Board Chair Kelly Springer, CEO of Metal Flow Corporation, announced the execution of the West Coast Chamber’s succession plan which includes the retirement of long-time Chamber President Jane Clark and the appointment of current Vice President/COO, Jodi Owczarski, as President/CEO effective September 1. Jane will support this leadership transition in the role of Senior Advisor through the end of the calendar year.


 

“This well-thought-out plan will provide a seamless transition from one outstanding leader to the next,” noted Kelly Springer. “Jane has set the stage well for future success, assembling a best-in-class staff team and Board of Directors. I know the Chamber will continue its ambitious work as a Catalyst, Convener, and Champion under Jodi’s leadership.   

Jane’s 32-year tenure will be celebrated as part of the Annual Awards Celebration on Thursday, September 29. Additional details and event registration can be found here: https://bit.ly/3wfu0yi 


"I have been honored to work at the Chamber since 1990, including the last 18 years as Chamber President and CEO, and I have been fortunate to work alongside dozens of committed, passionate, and wonderful volunteers, staff professionals, and board members. I am proud of the positive impact we have made for our business members and our community-at-large.” 





Under Jane’s leadership, the West Coast Chamber has been recognized as a Five-Star Chamber, a recognition held by fewer than 1% of chambers of commerce nationwide. She was also instrumental in leading the merger of the former Holland and Zeeland Chambers of Commerce to form the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce, implemented the Chamber’s commitment to the Entrepreneurial Operating System, championed the robust renovation of the Chamber's 8th Street office in Downtown Holland, and led the Chamber’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


“Knowing the responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the Chamber is in the very capable hands of Jodi Owczarski and our dynamic staff team and Board of Directors ensures that an exciting future awaits the West Coast Chamber," concluded Jane. 


“Jodi was the unanimous selection of the Chamber’s Board of Directors to assume the CEO role,” said Jon Lanning, President of InOnTime and the Chamber Board Vice Chair. “Jodi is deeply engaged with Chamber operations, leadership, and culture and is uniquely qualified to lead the Chamber into the future. I’m confident that the Chamber’s strategic vision will endure through and well beyond this transition.”  


“Jane has been a selfless mentor and leaves big shoes to fill,” added Jodi Owczarski. “I appreciate the solid foundation she has built and the confidence the Board of Directors has placed in me. I look forward to building on our existing strategic direction and continuing the legacy of outstanding service to our members and community.” 



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