Chamber of Commerce president retiring

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The president and CEO of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Connie Majure-Rhett, announced her retirement May 20 after 22 years with the chamber.

Majure-Rhett joined the chamber in 1994 as president and CEO. Under her tenure, the chamber celebrated achievements like infrastructure improvements, successful bonds and investments in economic development.

A May 20 press release states particular successes the chamber achieved under Majure-Rhett’s leadership were the creation of the flagship program Cape Fear Future, helping secure the passage of the City of Wilmington parks and transportation bonds and two education bonds for the New Hanover County School system and lobbying for creation and expansion of roadways to support Wilmington’s growth.

In the release, Majure-Rhett called the decision to retire one of the toughest decisions she’s ever had to make, but added, “Today, I can retire with confidence, knowing that the chamber has never been in a better position, and that a team of capable, experienced leaders is at the helm.”

Due to family-related reasons that require her immediate attention, the press release goes on, Majure-Rhett’s retirement will be effective immediately. Day-to-day operation of the Wilmington Chamber will be handled by COO Faye Dunaway and chamber staff, with direction by 2016 chamber chairman Mitch Lamm as an executive search process commences to fill the vacancy.

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