Interim Chamber President
updated: Jul 16, 2012, 2:07 PM
Source: Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce
The Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to
announce Zoe Taylor will be the interim President. She begins her duties on July
16, and will manage the Chamber's operations and staff until year end.
Zoe Taylor brings 28 years of Chamber management experience to the Santa Barbara
Region. She served as a full time CEO for three chambers of commerce in Southern
California before gaining valuable experience as the interim president for three
additional chambers. Ms. Taylor most recently served as the interim president
for the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce where she built strong programs to
enhance business development. This year, Ms. Taylor was awarded the "Lifetime
Member of the Western Association of Chamber Executives," and from 2006 to 2009
she was recognized by the Pacific Coast Business Times as one of their "Top
Fifty Women Business Leaders."
I am delighted to welcome Ms. Taylor to the Santa Barbara Chamber team. The
Board and staff are looking forward to benefitting from her experienced
leadership for the next 6 months as we develop a strategic plan for the future.
During her extensive Chamber leadership experiences, Ms. Taylor has demonstrated
success in identifying and supporting the needs of membership, building strong
relationships with local government, and creating effective events and
promotions.In addition to managing the operations of the Santa Barbara Chamber,
she will be responsible for the development of new and innovative projects to
strengthen the Chamber and support this regions business community.
Recruitment for the regular full time President and CEO will begin this summer.
As part of that process, the Chamber Board of Directors will be seeking input
from stakeholders in our business community. The Board needs and values your
input about how the Santa Barbara Regional Chamber of Commerce can continue to
be your most important advocate for business. We will be surveying our
membership and conducting focus groups. And of course, you are always invited
to drop into our Chamber offices and visit with Zoe. We are encouraged by the
level of interest we have already experienced and look forward to including you
in the discussion.
Plans are to have a new leader in place by the end of the year. However, the
Board of Directors is committed to take whatever time is necessary to ensure the
best leader is chosen to serve this Region's business community.
As always, the Chamber continues to be dedicated to promoting business in Santa
Barbara. We look forward to bringing you more opportunities, events and
programs, keeping the needs and interests of local Santa Barbara businesses our
Thank you for your continued support of your Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce.
Together, we can make a difference!
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