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President & Chief Executive Officer
Canton (OH) Regional Chamber c/o Waverly Partners
Location: Canton, Ohio
Type: Full Time
Salary: Commensurate with experience
4 Year Degree
The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1914, is the largest Chamber serving Canton/Stark County, Ohio, and is one of eight Metro Chambers in the State of Ohio. The Chamber has over 1,800 members throughout Stark County, representing businesses of all sizes and industries. As a nonprofit business advocacy organization, the Chamber’s mission is to lead the region in business and community development through collaboration and innovation. The organization focuses on economic, community and workforce development efforts, business and legislative advocacy, membership education and networking opportunities, leadership and workforce development efforts, tourism, regional-minded collaboration and downtown center city revitalization. The 2023 budget of over $4.6MM is generated through membership investment and sponsorship, leadership and workforce development programs, affiliate programs and the creation and execution of over a dozen major community events centered around the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame induction activities each summer. The Chamber presents over 70 events each year which represent a variety of business, networking, education and safety events and leadership programs. Website: www.cantonchamber.org
The President & Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) reports to the Chair of the 33-member Board of Directors. Both the. The CEO supervises 9 Vice Presidents and a total staff of 20+. This person is the chief executive and administrative officer of the Chamber. The CEO is responsible for the comprehensive planning and operation of the organization including but not limited to: annual business plan; strategic plan; recruitment and motivation of volunteers; budget; employment, training and supervision of staff; advocacy; interpretation of policy; and other necessary functions of a highly effective chamber of commerce. The CEO is the chief spokesperson of the Chamber and operates with a focus that includes public/member relations and advocacy activities.
Outstanding opportunity for a chamber of commerce, association, or perhaps private sector executive to lead an organization committed to the success of growing Canton, Stark County and the region. The Chamber enjoys strong member relations and reputation with key organizations in the area along with solid fiscal results. The CEO will inherit an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and dedicated Chamber staff and a committed Board of Directors. This is a highly visible leadership position and, as such, the new CEO will have considerable influence on the growth and development of the region for years to come.
Ideal candidate will bring 10+ years of progressively responsible experience, with a minimum of 4 years in senior leadership and may come from a variety of backgrounds such as, but not limited to: the top executive of a progressive and comparably sized chamber of commerce, or related significant business association; experience as a “second in command” or other senior-level executive at a larger like-enterprise as noted above; an executive with a strong record of community involvement from a complex private or public-sector entity. Board interaction and experience leading large numbers of volunteers are strongly desired. A Bachelor’s degree is required. If a candidate brings experience in the chamber industry, then a graduate of U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management or Certified Chamber Executive designation is desirable.
About Canton (OH) Regional Chamber c/o Waverly Partners
WAVERLY PARTNERS is a national retained executive search firm with consultants located in strategic regions across the country. We have been designated as the only "preferred provider" of executive search services by ACCE. WAVERLY PARTNERS is a generalist search firm, serving nationwide clients including chambers of commerce, economic development and other nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, Fortune 1000 service and manufacturing corporations, privately held entrepreneurial growth companies, hospitals and healthcare organizations, and professional service firms.