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Jim Clark resigns as Chamber CEO after 25 months, Kara Stoller is interim CEO

Clark resigns as Chamber CEO after 25 months

Steamboat Springs Chamber CEO Jim Clark resigned the post Nov. 22, and Chamber Marketing Director Kara Stoller will step in immediately as interim CEO.
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— The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association announced Nov. 22 that its CEO Jim Clark had submitted his resignation effective immediately. He has been in the post for a little more than 25 months.

“We appreciate Jim’s work on behalf of the Chamber,” said Dan Pirrallo, general manager of Sheraton Steamboat Resort and the 2017 Chamber board president. “We wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Clark took the leadership role with the Chamber in September 2014.

Kara Stoller, current Chamber marketing director, will be the interim CEO as a search for Clark’s replacement is launched.

“The executive committee has trust and confidence in Kara to lead the Chamber through this transition,” Pirrallo said. “Kara has been with the Chamber for nine years and is a valued member of the leadership team.”

In a recent newspaper column, Clark pointed out that a Chamber survey identified workforce shortages and housing availability as priorities for local businesses.

“Pay and benefits are certainly key factors in attracting and retaining employees,” Clark wrote. “Today’s millennial workforce is attracted and motivated by workplace culture, appreciation and the contributions they make. In this tight labor market, being on top of your human resources game is key.”

Clark was instrumental in convincing Steamboat’s lodging community to partner with DestiMetrics to collect more data about Steamboat’s visitors. And he embraced community involvement, participating on multiple boards, including Routt County United Way, Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs and Colorado Association of Destination Management Organizations chair.

“It’s been a great ride here in Steamboat, and I’m grateful for this opportunity,” Clark said. “Now it’s time to move on to new adventures.”

The Chamber board and executive committee will review its options in the coming months.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1

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