TEMPLETON — The Templeton Chamber of Commerce has been looking for a new CEO since Aug. 16, following the departure of Sarah Maggelet. Maggelet had been with the the Chamber for nearly five years, having previously volunteered with the organization and receiving recognition in 2012 for her local web development business.
The Chamber’s 250 members were informed of the recruitment search in a letter shortly after and, said Board President Courtney Morrow, they’ve got listings up through local website SLOJOBS.com and via the membership only Western Association of Chamber Executives.
In the search listing they explain that the Chamber has two employee positions and a total budget of $135,000, with the full-time CEO post expected to absorb between $45,000 and $55,000.
The Chamber’s part-time office manager and executive assistant Gail Kudlac, noted that the board had “chosen to go in a different direction,” with recent changes and she was currently in the process of organizing the Chamber’s German-style Oktoberfest under the trees in Templeton Park on Sept. 29 and the State Assembly Candidate Forum scheduled for Oct. 2 at Vineyard Elementary School.
“The Forum was something that Sarah [Maggelet] brought in that was something she was good at, giving our members a chance to see candidates for state office for themselves,” Morrow said, noting that Kudlac, “has been amazing” during the transition process.
She declined to comment on why Maggelet left the post, “we’re trying to focus on the future not the past,” but noted other changes afoot as well, including a new website, which they’ve been unable to update recently.
They’re hoping to have someone in place before their annual community awards fundraiser dinner on Dec. 8, which includes a new Christmas Tree auction as a capstone event this year, “but we won’t take just anyone to fill the spot by then,” Morrow added.
The Chamber is looking for someone with previous experience in the field, to hit the ground running, but will help the right person who cares about the Templeton community to adapt and grow into the role.
In addition to basic outreach the CEO is responsible for the organization and success of membership mixers, Templeton Women in Business luncheons, summer concerts in the park, Templeton Wine Festival, Oktoberfest, Founder’s Day, and an annual IMPACT Awards Dinner and Auction and reports directly to the Board of Directors.
Those interested can send a resume and cover letter to Lauryn Francisco, Board Secretary, [email protected] Posted on Sept. 21, the SLOJOBS listing asks for applicants by Oct. 15.