Resignation: It is with a heavy heart that I need to inform you that I, Cory King, handed in a letter of resignation to the Board of Directors last evening. My last day will be May 27th, however I will be at a conference from May 25 until noon on the 27th, so my last effective day will be May 24th. I will be in the office on that Friday afternoon (May 27th) to clear out my desk and turn in my keys.
I have been offered and accepted a position as the Executive Director of the Southern Midcoast Chamber of Commerce, which has an office in Brunswick but represents a large area in that part of the state including Bath, Topsham and about dozen other communities. This decision was a difficult one for me to make, and if I am being honest, it is not the first offer I have received from other organizations. I believe in this region and the businesses here, and I believe in the momentum that has been built here, and that kind of success is difficult to walk away from. It’s that success that has strengthened my resume to make me a desirable candidate statewide, and your support and partnership on that cannot be undersold. However, with my wife recently getting a position in that area, and what their offer means for me and my family, I simply could not turn it down.
The next steps are yours to take. This organization is your chamber, and its continued success relies on you. A transition plan is already in the works and full details will be released in the coming days. I will say that my strong recommendation is to hire an interim Executive Director, for an extended period of four months, so that they can see the SACC through the summer. Then any full-time positions that need to be hired, would happen in September when things are less crazy. More than that I really don’t want to share quite yet. Just trust me, there is a plan.
My final request I suppose would be this, please don’t let the positive momentum in our region be stunted by this. We are still working on a new board of directors who will carry this organization into the next stage of evolution, and they will need your support too. This chamber has been around for 76 years, so I think it will continue on, but to do so, it needs your support. Main Street Skowhegan, the SEDC, the SEDC and many other organizations are working together better than I have seen at any time in my career. I hope that will continue as there are some amazing projects going on. I will still be working on statewide initiatives (like the minimum wage) in my new position. Please know, that you will always have an advocate for the Skowhegan area wherever I go. These nearly ten years have been the best of my professional life, despite some major hurdles along the way, and the successes we have had will stay with me always. Thank you for your support, in most cases your friendship, and know it was pleasure to work with you and help this area grow.
Get your very own Skowhegan Indian!
The Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce a new fundraising partnership featuring the work of local whittler, Sharon Kimball. The artistry is amazing as Sharon has created three pieces of art for the Skowhegan-lover in your family. The three pieces are various-sized depictions of Bernard Langlais’ iconic masterwork, The Skowhegan Indian. Sharon has created three sized works to scale including a …17-inch, an 11-inch and a 4-inch ornament-sized Indian. The proceeds from the sales of these statues will go towards an evolving maintenance and stewardship account for the Indian to beautify the statue, the area around it and for continued maintenance through the years. Each piece is hand-whittled and unique to the owner of that piece. There is nothing like it around.