Search Continues for New Chamber CEO
Prince George, B.C. – The Prince George Chamber of Commerce is continuing its search for a new CEO.
This as outgoing CEO Christie Ray wraps up four years on the job Friday.
“It’s a process I’ve not been involved with as current CEO but the Board is working very hard to get somebody into place as soon as possible,” said Ray during a goodbye coffee party Tuesday afternoon.
“They’re dealing with some specific scenarios for potential candidates and they’ve been working with a number of people on a number of different possibilities. They’re very anxious to get someone in place as soon as possible.”
Whoever is chosen, Ray offered the following advice to her successor.
“Work hard but have fun and don’t lose your sense of humour. A sense of humour is this chaotic environment is extremely important.”
Ray says she’s had “an amazing four years,” and insists the Chamber plays an integral role in the community.
“It’s extremely important. Small business makes up 98 per cent of the small business community in B.C. and Prince George is very similar,” she says.
“The Chamber is the voice of business from an advocacy sense. So, all levels of government and provides opportunities for businesses to grow and achieve and take advantage of education and networking opportunities.”
As for Ray’s future, she plans on staying in Prince George and “going out on her own” and doing some contract project management.