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Chamber to Seek New Leadership

Last Modified: 04/13/15
First Published: 04/13/15
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Contact:          Kevin Dwyer, Executive Director
(541) 757-1505
Chamber to seek new leadership with
planned mid-year departure of Kevin Dwyer
Corvallis, OR – The Corvallis Chamber of Commerce has announced that Executive Director Kevin Dwyer is planning to depart the Chamber at the end of the organization’s current fiscal year to return to his previous home in the Seattle, Washington metropolitan area.
Dwyer has headed up the Chamber since January of 2013. He will assist the Chamber’s current board in identifying and hiring his replacement and may continue to work with the Chamber in a consulting role following his resignation.
“This has been a planned transition and is really a first-step into semi-retirement,” said Dwyer, who is in his early 60s. “I’ve really enjoyed working with the board of directors and Chamber businesses and truly believe the organization is well-positioned for future growth and prosperity. I’ve quickly become attached to this business community and want to stay connected and involved in whatever capacity the board chooses.”
Regarding for next steps for the Chamber, Board President-Elect Curtis Wright said, “The Chamber's Board of Directors will appoint a committee to recruit qualified candidates, screen applications, interview finalists, and make a recommendation to the Board for a new Chamber President. We would like to have her or him on board by our annual meeting in June. The board will also be considering a consulting contract with Kevin, to give our new president the benefit of his knowledge and experience.”
Dwyer has been the face of the Chamber with city and county government and with local organizations and events. Among other initiatives, he worked with city officials to make the Plastic Bag Ordinance less onerous to small businesses; championed the Chamber’s effort in support of the Campus Crest student housing development; worked with Chamber real estate and property management interests to insure that the city’s existing Property Maintenance Code was not superseded by city-staff driven international maintenance code proposal; and initiated efforts to encourage businesses and residents to donate to local agencies that are helping the homeless rather than giving money directly to panhandlers.
Kevin has been active as part of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition’s Steering Committee and is a member of the Rotary Club of Greater Corvallis.  He is currently working with Chamber interests on analyzing the potential negative economic impacts of Measure 2-89 – the anti-GMO initiative on the May 19 ballot – on the Corvallis-Benton County economy.
During his two-plus years with the Chamber, Dwyer helped stabilize the Chamber finances and membership and initiated or enhanced several Chamber events, including the Healthy Living & Sports Expo, to be held April 11 at the Corvallis Boys & Girls Club, the Summer Golf Scramble and Celebrate Corvallis.

The 520-member Chamber of Commerce is committed to the well-being of every business in town, offering services and programs to help the membership achieve greater success. Further information is available at the Chamber’s website,                                                                                       


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