Exeter Chamber of Commerce, CEO part ways

(Rigo Moran)

CEO of the Exeter Chamber of Commerce is out after just two years at the helm of the economic development-driven organization

EXETER – The Exeter Chamber of Commerce announced that they’ve parted ways with their CEO earlier this month, but questions regarding the future direction of the chamber remain outstanding.

An Aug. 4 message from the Exeter Chamber of Commerce board of directors announced Tina Rice’s departure from the organization. The announcement was made without providing details behind her exit, or the board’s plans to locate a replacement. Rice cited a difference of opinion “on some fundamental things” in the organization as the reason behind her leaving the CEO position.

“I do believe that everybody wants to see the chamber thrive and be the best that it can be, and I have no doubt that many talented people will rally around and make sure that that happens,” Rice said.

Rice had been the CEO since January 2022. She got her start with the chamber two and a half years ago, first as the office manager in January 2021 and later as the interim executive director in August 2021. Rice said she was thankful for the opportunity she had to serve the community and would be looking forward to spending more time with her “very busy family.”

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with so many wonderful people whose best interest is making sure that the chamber is as successful as it possibly can be,” Rice said. “It’s been very exciting over the past couple of months seeing the growth not only that the chamber was having … but seeing the new businesses that were coming to town.”

In its message, the chamber board said the organization “remains fully operational” and encouraged businesses to reach out with any questions or concerns.

“With the transition of staff, we understand that there might be a sense of uncertainty among the local businesses,” the board’s message said. “However, we are thrilled to reassure you that your support and welfare remain our top priority.”

The Exeter Chamber of Commerce board of directors did not provide comment on the future of the chamber by press time.

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