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DENVER – Colorado Chamber President and CEO Chuck Berry today notified the Board of Directors of a timeline for his retirement, initiating a succession and transition process for the organization. Berry, who has led the Colorado Chamber since 2000, will retire effective December 31, 2021.
“There is still a great deal of work to be done in the coming nine months, and I will continue to focus on leading the chamber as the Colorado economy rebounds from the pandemic and business returns to a new normal,” Berry said. “Once a selection has been made on my successor, I look forward to working with that person to ensure a smooth transition and continuity for the organization. It is my hope that when my successor takes over at the beginning of next year, Colorado businesses will be on course for a full recovery and the Colorado Chamber of Commerce will be as strong and effective as ever.”
The Colorado Chamber Executive Committee, led by Colorado Chamber Board Chair Rachel Nance, will undertake the search process on determining a successor. The committee will establish a timeline for the process and the Board of Directors will make a final determination on the new President and CEO of the organization. An announcement will be made when the successor is selected.
Once a new President and CEO is announced, there will be a transition period to ensure continuity of operations. The successor will assume the role on January 1, 2022.
Prior to assuming the leadership of the organization in 2000, Berry served 14 years in the Colorado Legislature, the last eight of those as the Speaker of the House of Representatives to which he was elected four times by his legislative colleagues. Berry was first elected to the legislature in 1984 to represent House District 21 in Colorado Springs and El Paso County.
The Colorado Chamber of Commerce champions free enterprise, a healthy business environment and economic prosperity for all Coloradans. It is the only business association that works to improve the business climate for all sizes of business from a statewide, multi-industry perspective. What the Colorado Chamber accomplishes is good for all businesses, and that’s good for the state’s economy. It was created in 1965 based on the merger with the Colorado Manufacturers’ Association.