By Bob Simmons
Troy Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors announced that executive director Kerry Klump has resigned effective March 13.
“After seventeen years of an incredible opportunity with the chamber,” said Klump, “it is time for me to take a step back and make my family my top priority,” said Klump.
“I have truly been blessed by this job and the people it has brought into my life.”
Mary Kay Kunza, president of the board, indicated that the board is forming a special committee to immediately search for a replacement.
“We will be recruiting a candidate with strong advocacy and community relations skills,” Kunza said.
The city of Troy contracts with the chamber for economic development and appreciates the efforts that Klump has put into this area for the city.
“Kerry is very well known throughout the state for her efforts in promoting Troy and Lincoln County,” said Troy Mayor Mark Cross. “She represented the community and city very well. She was a resource for many other chamber leaders in the state. I hope the community appreciates the work she has done for many years and I wish her the best in the future.”
When asked about which program or accomplishment she was most proud of during her 17 years as director, Klump said that was hard.
‘You can see some things like moving into a permanent facility, the programs which have been developed,” she said. “However, there are so many things that went on every single day. It was good that we were able to help people grow and the work for the betterment of the community. It was good that we have programs to assist students with career choices and help businesses grow and meet their ever changing challenges. It wasn’t me but we have grown due to the work and energy of chamber leaders and members who have worked very hard. “
A job description for the position will be available next week for those who believe they have the skills and experience to guide the chamber.
Despite the departure of Klump, chamber activities and events will continue as planned. Mikayla Tillman, administrative assistant, and additional volunteers will be engaged in the interim.
“Kerry will be missed,” said Kunza. “During her tenure, we established a permanent residence on Cherry Street, implemented new programs, like our youth leadership Troy and young professionals network, and reconnected with members and the community through our monthly luncheon meetings.
“We thank Kerry for her outstanding advocacy and wish her the very best in her future endeavors,” said Kunza.