Meadville Tribune

Local News

May 15, 2013

Chamber head leaving to pursue job opportunity she can't pass up

MEADVILLE — The chief executive officer of the Meadville-Western Crawford County Chamber of Commerce is stepping down from the post later this month.

Kathleen Bishop, the president and CEO of the Chamber since Dec. 1, 2009, is leaving the job, effective May 24, to take another job in Florida.

“It’s an opportunity I could not pass up,” Bishop said Tuesday afternoon. However, Bishop said she wasn’t at liberty yet to name her new job.

Bishop and her husband, Raymond, moved to the Meadville area in late November 2009. She became the new president of the Meadville-Western Crawford County Chamber of Commerce, succeeding Charlie Anderson, who had retired.

Prior to her arrival in Meadville, Bishop was president and chief executive officer of the Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce in Palm Bay, Fla., for five years. It’s a chamber with seven municipalities and more than 800 members.

Bishop will miss many aspects of the Meadville and western Crawford County area, but especially the members of the local Chamber, she said.

“There area a lot of great folks in the community who want to make this a better place,” Bishop said. “We’ve made a lot of friends here. Love going to auctions, produce auctions and going to the Second Saturday programs at the Market House during the summer.”

Toni Frisina, chair of the board of directors for Meadville-Western Crawford County Chamber of Commerce, said the board wishes Bishop well in future endeavors.

“During her time with the Chamber of Commerce, Kathleen has implemented some outstanding events in the community, specifically Leadership Meadville (a young leaders development program), the Chili Chowder Cookoff and the media auction,” Frisina said.

Other significant milestones under Bishop’s leadership include the movement toward the accreditation process for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and installing the Chamber Master software program, Frisina said.

The board of directors has formed a search committee to find a replacement for Bishop, according to Frisina.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.

1
Text Only
Local News
Business Marquee
AP Video
Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks