Stoney Creek cham­ber look­ing for new exec. di­rec­tor

The Hamilton Spectator - - BUSINESS - LAURA LEN­NIE

Stoney Creek Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Pa­tri­cia Le­gato said “it’s busi­ness as usual” at the cham­ber, fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Arnie Strub.

“It’s sum­mer and it’s a bit slower right now, so our tim­ing is good in that re­spect. But all pro­grams and any­thing that was in the works is still a go,” she said.

The cham­ber an­nounced Strub was no longer the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor on July 18.

The board and Strub of­fi­cially parted ways on July 13.

The cham­ber has ap­pointed board mem­ber Patti Hall as in­terim ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, while it hunts for a per­ma­nent re­place­ment.

She’s manag­ing the day-to-day op­er­a­tions at the cham­ber’s of­fice with ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant Con­nie Be­hie.

Le­gato said Strub’s con­tract had ex­pired.

“We’ve spent quite a bit of time do­ing some strate­gic plan­ning on where we’re go­ing in the fu­ture and we just came to an agree­ment that we didn’t quite agree on where the cham­ber was headed,” she said. “There was no mal­ice in any way, shape or form. We just de­cided that, mov­ing for­ward, we wanted to go in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion.”

Le­gato said Strub did a great job in lead­ing the cham­ber into the fu­ture.

His con­tri­bu­tions were wel­comed and he was great at mar­ket­ing, she said.

“He im­proved the im­age of the cham­ber over the last two years and we’re thank­ful for that,” Le­gato said. “He just made us more prom­i­nent. We be­came, I think, a greater part­ner to the com­mu­nity over the last cou­ple of years.”

Strub be­came ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor on July 13, 2015.

He took over the reins from Dave Cage, who de­parted af­ter 17 years of ser­vice.

When con­tacted about his de­par­ture, Strub de­clined to com­ment. He in­stead re­ferred all ques­tions to the cham­ber’s pres­i­dent.

The cham­ber has al­ready be­gun look­ing for an ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

The search for some­body to fill the part-time po­si­tion is be­ing con­ducted through Mo­hawk Col­lege En­ter­prise.

Le­gato said the cham­ber is look­ing for some­one “who has their fin­ger on the com­mu­nity as a whole, as well as on the busi­ness com­mu­nity.”

“We’re look­ing for some­one who knows the com­mu­nity, knows busi­ness, has some sales abil­ity and is ea­ger to take on what we con­sider to be a great po­si­tion,” she said. “We’re hop­ing to have some­one in place by early Septem­ber.”

Le­gato said the cham­ber has about 400 mem­bers.

It’s grown and there’s hope it will con­tinue to grow, she said.

“That is one of our main fo­cuses, but re­ten­tion is key. We want to pro­vide our mem­ber­ship with the best that we’ve got and, go­ing for­ward, we’re ex­cited about what that’s go­ing to look like,” Le­gato said. “Busi­ness has changed over the years. So­cial me­dia’s a big item now, and we need to be more in­volved in how we speak to our mem­bers and what does it re­ally mean to be a mem­ber of the cham­ber these days.”

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