Beaufort News

Beaufort Chamber hopes to have new president in place before July 1

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce wants a permanent president and CEO in place before July 1 and plans to post a job description and salary range for the position next week, according to the chamber's board chairman.

Jimmy Boozer is one of five board members on a search committee that met for the first time Tuesday and is finalizing a job description, he said.

That information, along with the salary range, should be on the chamber's website by Tuesday afternoon, Boozer said.

Former CEO Carlotta Ungaro announced last month she would leave the organization to take the top job at the chamber in Morrisville, N.C. Her last day at the Beaufort chamber was Friday.

Blakely Williams, the chamber's director of member services, was appointed interim president. Williams, 29, has said she plans to apply to fill the job permanently.

Although the job hasn't been posted yet, Boozer said the chamber already has received four applications.

"Our fiscal year ends June 30, so we'd like to have someone in place no later than July 1, hopefully before then," Boozer said.

The same week Ungaro announced she was leaving, the organization formally decided to split the chamber and the visitor and convention bureau.

The chamber plans to focus on business growth, and the bureau will focus on tourism, officials have said.

The split is expected to take about a year, while the VCB establishes itself as a new nonprofit organization.