CEO of Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce to step down
Big changes are in store for the Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce, and the staff and board of directors will be pushing ahead without its current leader.
Tiffany Boyce Heitzman, president and CEO of the chamber, has announced plans to step down from her position this summer. Her family is relocating to Arizona as Heitzman’s husband, Maj. Bill Heitzman, has been assigned by the U.S. Army to serve as the Second Regional Cyber Command at Fort Huachuca.
“The Midlands has been my home for 35 years, and leaving my home and the chamber is going to be bittersweet,” Heitzman said. “I am very proud of the work we all have been able to accomplish together over these past four years. It is an exciting time for the chamber, and I look forward to helping in the search for a new president and CEO who will usher the organization into the next era.”
Part of that next era will be a new home for the chamber. The organization has outgrown its space on Lake Murray Boulevard, and a capital campaign raised more than $180,000 for an expanded space.
Renovations at the chamber’s new location at 1235 Columbia Ave. started this week, and the staff plans to move in before the end of June. Owning property for the first time is expected to save the organization money.
“With all of the growth and upcoming changes, it is more important than ever for members to continue to be active and involved,” board Chairman Tom Ledbetter said.
“The chamber has come a long way since we started 18 years ago,” board member Barbara Willm said. “We are now more than ever a force to be reckoned with, and that directly correlates to Tiffany’s efforts.”
A formal search committee to find Heitzman’s replacement will be formed with past and present board members and community
leaders. The committee plans to hire someone in July before Heitzman departs.
“We have been fortunate to have Tiffany, and her vision and work have developed a fantastic foundation for us. We are positioned to undoubtedly attract some high level talent,” Ledbetter said.
More information about upcoming events with the Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce can be found here.