Chamber CEO Skelton takes over as head of NH Business and Industry Association
MANCHESTER, NH – Mike Skelton, president and CEO of the Greater Manchester Chamber (GMC) since 2014, will leave the organization to lead the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association (BIA) as president and CEO.
“Serving as President and Chief Executive of the Greater Manchester Chamber has been the honor of a lifetime and I could not be prouder of the progress and success we have achieved as an organisation,” Skelton said. “I am so grateful and humbled by the support, dedication and trust of the incredible staff and Board of the Chamber. They made it the most fun and rewarding experience of my career.
“The Chamber Board of Directors is extremely grateful to Mike Skelton for his outstanding leadership and dedication to the organization over the past seven years,” said Nathan Saller, GMC Board Chairman and CEO of Bellwether Community Credit Union. “Mike leaves the organization in an incredibly strong position that will allow the Board of Directors, staff and the next leader of the Chamber to explore exciting new opportunities and continue to meaningfully advance our mission.”
In August, the BIA appointed David Juvet as interim president, following the departure of Jim Roche, as they launched the search for a new president.
Skelton’s tenure as head of the Chamber has included many key achievements, including: expanding the Chamber’s economic development partnerships with the City of Manchester and the State of NH allowing the organization to play a leading role in business expansion, attraction and retention efforts; increase the Chamber’s programming, engagement, membership and overall revenue to help the organization reach its highest level of financial health in decades; guiding the merger of the Manchester Young Professionals Network, the state’s largest network of young professionals, into the Chamber as an ongoing workforce development program of the organization; the completion of both the Chamber’s first comprehensive rebranding process in more than two decades and a substantial renovation of the Chamber’s offices into a new modern meeting and co-working space for members and community leaders.
“Chamber Board leadership is putting in place a transition plan to guide the organization while the search process for the next CEO is underway. The Greater Manchester Chamber is one of the leading regional chambers in the North East and we are confident the position will attract a strong pool of candidates,” said Saller.
The Chamber plans to release more information over the next month regarding the leadership transition and the search process. Skelton will continue to lead the organization until the end of January.
As well as leading the Greater Manchester Chamber for seven years, Skelton also served on the Chamber’s staff as Vice President of Economic Development and Advocacy from 2006 to 2011. “In total, having spent over 12 years of my professional career at the Chamber, I can say without hesitation that the people are what makes it special.The members, Board of Directors and staff are all generous and committed community leaders who are committed to making our community and our region a better place. The future is very bright for the Chamber and I am delighted to see the organization build on the progress we have all made together.
About the Greater Manchester Chamber
Incorporated in 1911, the Greater Manchester Chamber (GMC) is New Hampshire’s largest business organization, focusing primarily on Manchester and the surrounding communities of Auburn, Bedford, Candia, Derry, Goffstown, Hooksett, Litchfield, Londonderry and Merrimack . The Chamber’s mission is to be the voice of business, shaping economic success to improve the quality of life in Greater Manchester. For more information, visit www.manchester-chamber.org.