Mike Skelton will lead BIA as new president/CEO

The Manchester Chamber says farewell to president/CEO of the past seven years
Mike Skelton Headshot

The Manchester Chamber of Commerce has recently announced that Mike Skelton, the Chamber’s president and CEO since 2014, will be leaving the organization to become the new president and CEO for the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire (BIA).

“The Chamber Board is extremely grateful to Mike Skelton for his outstanding leadership and dedication to the organization for the past seven years,” said Nathan Saller, chair of the GMC Board of Directors and CEO of Bellwether Community Credit Union. “Mike is leaving the organization in an incredibly strong position that will allow the Board, staff, and next leader of the Chamber to explore exciting new opportunities and continue to meaningfully advance our mission.”

Skelton had several key accomplishments during his tenure at the Chamber, including: expanding the Chamber’s economic development partnerships with the City of Manchester and State of New Hampshire, allowing the organization to play a leading role in business expansion, attraction and retention efforts; growing the Chamber’s programming, engagement, membership and overall revenue to help the organization achieve its strongest level of financial health in decades; guiding the merging of the Manchester Young Professionals Network, the state’s largest young professionals network, into the Chamber as a permanent workforce development program of the organization; completion of both the first full rebranding process of the Chamber in more than two decades; and overseeing a substantial renovation of the Chamber’s offices into a modern collaborative meeting and workspace for members and community leaders.

“Serving as President & CEO of the Greater Manchester Chamber has been the honor of a lifetime and I could not be prouder of the progress and success we’ve achieved as an organization,” said Skelton. “I am so appreciative and humbled by the support, dedication, and trust of the incredible staff and Board of Directors of the Chamber. They made this the most fun and rewarding experience of my career.”

Skelton will continue to lead the organization through the end of January, as the Chamber gathers more information regarding the leadership transition and search process for his replacement.

“Chamber Board leadership is putting in place a transition plan to guide the organization while the search process for the next President & CEO gets underway. The Greater Manchester Chamber is one of the leading regional Chambers in the Northeast and we are confident that the position will attract a pool of strong candidates,” said Saller.

Before he was president and CEO, Skelton also served on the Chamber’s staff as vice president of economic development and advocacy from 2006 to 2011. “In total having spent more than 12 years of my professional career at the Chamber, I can say without hesitation that the people are what make it special. The members, Board, and staff are all generous and engaged community leaders that are committed to making our community and region a better place. The future is very bright for the Chamber, and I’m excited to see the organization build on the progress we’ve all achieved together.”

 

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