The longtime president and CEO of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Connie Majure-Rhett, announced her retirement on Friday after 22 years in that position.
“As business leaders, we know that the best decisions are sometimes the hardest ones to make. My decision to retire is one of the toughest I have ever made, but it is certainly for the best,” Majure-Rhett said in a news release. “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.”
According to the release, Majure-Rhett’s retirement is effective immediately so she can attend to family issues. While the search for a new president and CEO occurs, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce COO Faye Dunaway, 2016 Chamber Chairman Mitch Lamm and the organization’s staff will step in to perform various duties.
Majure-Rhett had been at the helm of the business organization since 1994. During that time, the Chamber was instrumental in many big economic developments in the city, including infrastructure improvements such as roadway extensions, the passage of parks and education bonds and the construction of the Wilmington Convention Center and the hotel that is being built next to it. The Chamber’s flagship program, Cape Fear Future, an initiative aimed at the development of the region’s knowledge sector – an effort that includes technology, arts, professional/managerial and education workers) – was also created during her tenure.
“On behalf of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, we are most grateful for Connie’s leadership and dedication to growing and improving Wilmington’s business community,” Lamm said in the release. “She leaves a legacy of great success and unprecedented growth. We thank her for her years of service, and for leaving our Chamber better and stronger than ever before. I know the business community joins me in wishing her all the best in her retirement.”
In a post on the Chamber’s website written by Majure-Rhett, thanked all the people she worked with over the years.
“I have very much enjoyed my time at the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and am thankful for the support shown through the years by the business community,” Majure-Rhett wrote. “Those friendships and partnerships mean a great deal to me.”