Centre chamber CEO announces retirement


STATE COLLEGE — The Chamber of Business and Industry (CBICC) and the Centre County Industrial Development Corporation (CCIDC) announced that longtime President and CEO, Vern Squier, will be retiring from his position with the organization late this year, time being dependent upon search outcomes. Squier will play a key role ensuring a smooth transition. A national search for his replacement is underway.

Squier joined the CBICC in 2011, managing a talented staff to increase the organization’s capacity to serve Chamber members, CCIDC projects/programming, and worked collaboratively with other key leaders/groups to position the broader community and region for success into the future.

“On behalf of the CBICC, I want to thank Vern for his vision and efforts to move this organization forward,” said John Sepp, CBICC Board Chair. “Vern has been repeatedly challenged during his tenure to find ways to move the CBICC, and more importantly the community at-large, forward and he consistently rose to the challenge. Throughout his decade of service, Vern helped guide and grow the CBICC as the go-to organization serving our business community and the region as a whole. With extraordinary volunteer leadership and an outstanding staff, Vern helped raise the profile and effectiveness of the organization both within the region and the state,” Sepp concluded.

“It has been my pleasure to serve our members and all of Centre County for these years. The timeline of this announcement was influenced by a desire to give this great organization ample time to effect a dynamic and productive transition,” said Squier.

The CBICC has formed a Search Committee, led by Ted McDowell, CBICC Board past-chair. The committee is composed of members of the CBICC Board of Directors and community leaders and is engaging with an executive search firm with expertise in chamber of commerce and economic development corporation searches.

Requests for information regarding the executive search should be sent to the attention of Ted McDowell at CEOsearch@cbicc.org. All inquiries will be held in confidence.


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