On Monday, Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carrie Subity gave the Chamber’s board her letter of resignation.
“The hardest part of leaving is saying goodbye to all of you, the members, my wonderful staff and board of directors,” said Subity, in an email Wednesday to Chamber members. “It has been such a pleasure working with each and every one of you, and I thank you all for believing in the Chamber and the organization’s mission. We have proven that working collectively can accomplish so much more than working alone.”
There were no real hints leading up to her resignation that this was a possiblility, according to those who know her.
“It certainly was [a surprise],” said Board President Todd Hickman. “She’s done a fantastic job and has served the Chamber very, very well for the past seven years — the past two years as executive director — and it certainly came as a complete surprise to us.”
Hickman noted that Subity’s parting with the Chamber was completely amicable.
“She cited personal reason and said she wanted to dedicate more time to her family. There certainly weren’t any issues on our side, and I think this is just a lifestyle decision for her. She wanted to be able to dedicate more time to her family.”
A search committee has already been established to find a new executive director for the Chamber, which has approximately 800 members and five additional staff members.
“We put in place a search committee,” said Hickman. “One of our board members, James Brannon of Atlantic General Hospital, is going to be the lead person on the search committee. Details are still emerging, but we’ll look at all candidates, locally, regionally and nationally, over a period of time, with a goal of having a replacement in place as soon as possible.”
Subity’s official last day has not been set, and she reportedly plans to stay with the Chamber for an undetermined period of time to help the staff and Chamber adjust. Hickman said that her resignation will not affect the Chamber’s activities.
“We do expect Carrie to be there now for a period of time to help with the transition. She’s not going today or anything. She’s going to help us with the transition as time allows. In the meantime it’s business as usual. We have a fantastic staff at the Chamber, and the staff members are committed to continuing operations until we get a new executive director in place. We have a very active board, and the board will help guide the staff members and step in to help where needed.”
Hickman said that the Chamber’s board, as well as its members, wish nothing but the best for Subity in her future endeavors.
“We wish her all the best. Her decision came as a big surprise to us because she had really helped guide the Chamber in a fantastic direction, but we wish her nothing but the best for the future. We’re sad to see her go because of everything she’s contributed, and beyond that she’s just a great person, too,” he said.
“It’s business as usual during the transition,” Hickman added. “The Chamber’s operations are going to continue without interruption during the transition, and we’re going to move quickly to make sure we hire the right person and continue with the great service that we provide.”