Le­an­der cham­ber pres­i­dent re­sign­ing

Cham­ber ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions, plans to fi­nal­ize job de­scrip­tion at meet­ing Tues­day.

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By Mike Parker Cedar Park-le­an­der States­man

LE­AN­DER — Le­an­der Cham­ber of Com­merce Pres­i­dent Mary Brad­shaw an­nounced this week that she is re­sign­ing ef­fec­tive Dec. 31.

Brad­shaw, who has held the po­si­tion since Jan­uary 2005, said she felt the time is right to pur­sue other op­tions.

“I have been here in Le­an­der for eight years. I was in Cedar Park for six, and 14 years is a long time to stick to one thing,” she said.

Brad­shaw led the cham­ber dur­ing a growth spurt that is one of the strong­est in the city’s his­tory and that con­tin­ues to­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Cen­sus Bureau, Le­an­der is one of the fastest grow­ing cities over the last decade, and from 2010 to 2011 the city’s pop­u­la­tion jumped 5 per­cent from 25,444 to an es­ti­mated 26,708.

Be­fore be­com­ing Le­an­der cham­ber pres­i­dent, Brad­shaw served as man­ager of the Cedar Park Cham­ber of Com­merce’s lead­er­ship pro­gram and as a man­ager of tourism. She said her pre­vi­ous work in non­prof­its made for a nat­u­ral tran­si­tion to join­ing the cham­ber.

Stephanie Sa­muels, chair­woman of the Le­an­der cham­ber’s board of direc­tors, said that the cham­ber is ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions and that it will be fi­nal­iz­ing a job de­scrip­tion post­ing at its next meet­ing Tues­day.

Sa­muels said Brad­shaw played a role in the cham­ber’s strong re­la­tion­ship with the city.

“They both just worked really well to­gether. I think that’s why both have been very suc­cess­ful, and Mary has been a part of that as well,” Sa­muels said.

As for ad­vice for her re­place­ment, Brad­shaw said it is im­por­tant to en­joy the com­mu­nity.

“Be­cause we’ve al­ways said we take our busi­ness se­ri­ously but not our­selves,” Brad­shaw said.

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