The Howell (MI) Area Chamber of Commerce seeks an energetic, full-time President and CEO with vision as successor to its recently retired, highly regarded executive of 15 years. The Chamber is an acknowledged leader in Livingston County, playing a major role in shaping the regional agenda; the community is known for its inclusive, collaborative approach.
The Chamber’s new executive will direct the development of the organization’s next strategic plan during his/her first year, strengthen ties with larger employers, refresh and drive innovations in chamber programming, and “grow the business.” Economic development, workforce and housing availability are key long-term issues.
The Chamber has revenues approaching $900,000, a staff of 7, and an affiliated foundation with annual revenues of more than $100,000. The 700-member organization earned Chamber of the Year honors from the Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals in 2016. The Chamber’s Board of 15 Directors and its members are deeply engaged, as are the hundreds of community volunteers who produce its world-renown Michigan Balloon Challenge and other events.
The Howell Area Chamber co-sponsored MSU’s Livingston County visioning facilitation five years ago. The organization continues to support committees created to evaluate and act on recommendations developed through that process.
The Chamber’s primary service area of approximately 150,000 population encompasses most of Livingston County. It collaborates with and has membership overlap with the Brighton and Hartland Chambers in the eastern part of the county.
Howell’s revitalized downtown is a vibrant destination for residents and visitors; it won the Great America Main Street Award for 2018. While a significant proportion of residents commutes to jobs outside the county, there is a very high degree of community attachment and involvement.
Livingston County is the fastest growing county in Michigan. Population is expected to increase by 10% between 2010 and 2020 to more than 200,000, attaining urban area designation. Howell is the county seat, a town of 10,000, and home to the main campus of Cleary University. Public schools are a point of pride in the community.
The Chamber’s President and CEO reports to the Chair of the Board of Directors. S/he leads the Chamber in the fulfillment of its mission and develops strategies towards a successful, sustained future. S/he is the administrative and operational officer of the Chamber, overseeing all aspects of the organization including operations, marketing, finance, revenue development, and government relations. In addition, the President administers programs and policies established for the conduct of the business of the Chamber.
The President provides the strategic and day-to-day direction of the organization and the leadership to sustain the vitality and involvement of the Board and volunteers. The President provides counsel and advice to the Board Chair and other officers regarding policy and programs.
The President is the principal advocate and chief spokesperson for the Chamber. The President is responsible for the performance and professional growth of all employees. S/he will employ and supervise the professional staff within the policies established by the Board of Directors.
The President works closely with a wide range of constituencies in both the public and private sectors to build support and coalitions consistent with the Chamber’s overall mission.
A four-year degree from an accredited college in business, management, marketing, HR, nonprofit management, communications or leadership. Graduate degree in these fields a plus.
Institute for Organization Management training and/or ACCE/ASAE program participation highly desirable.
Business acumen. Ability to read and understand financial reports, see trends. Ability to understand a variety of business models and to see synergies between enterprises. The ability to see market opportunities for the Chamber, and the ability to develop and implement new Chamber products and services in financially astute ways.
5 years of management experience, preferably in a 501 (c)(6) organization or other member-based entity. Essential: Experience in working with boards and committees, whether as a member or management.
Ability to utilize office technology; familiarity with social media.
Desired attributes: Ability to collaborate with multiple stakeholders; leadership skills; consensus builder/relationship builder; oral and written communication skills; staff development skills; community visioning experience; brand development experience; familiarity with community development processes; economic development experience.
Internal Number: 2018-1
About Howell Area Chamber of Commerce
The Howell Area Chamber of Commerce has retained the services of Organization Dynamics LLC for this Executive Search. Any and all inquiries about this position should be directed to HowellSearch@organizationdynamics.net.
Organization Dynamics LLC (OD) was founded in 1986, and serves local, state, and regional trade and professional associations, chambers of commerce, economic development corporations, workforce boards, and other nonprofit organizations. OD professionals advise leaders of 501(c)(6) and 501(c)(3) organizations on matters of structure, governance, operations, strategic planning, and strategic alliances, and undertakes retained executive search assignments. The group comprises experienced CEOs who draw upon personal experience and the knowledge gained from working with more than 400 clients in 30+ states and six developing countries.