Banks to take over as acting director of Chamber

Earlier this week, the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce announced that Executive Director David Martin was resigning his position due to personal reasons.

Kami BanksKami BanksMartin had joined the Chamber in January, having previously worked for the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island, S.C., where he served as vice president.

Incoming Chamber Board President Kami Banks of Banks Wines & Spirits has taken on the role and responsibilities of acting executive director until Martin’s replacement is in place. Banks said she is confident that, with the staff’s help, the Chamber will continue to provide its membership with quality services.

“The staff has really proven themselves, as new as they are, that they’re really eager and energetic. They just keep bringing value to the membership,” she said. “That’s something I know we can move forward with. I think we’re going to continue to expand our benefits for the membership and take our events to the next level. We’ve seen that with the events they’ve done, like the Lifeguard Awards, the Arts Festival and, shortly, our Membership Celebration, which is coming up.”

Banks said mid-week that the search process for a new executive director had not been started, nor had there been a timeframe established for when they hoped to have someone fill the position.

“We’ll begin a process, but it has not started yet,” she said. “Honestly, we have such a strong staff right now, we feel comfortable with the direction that they’re going in.”

Martin will continue to work with the Chamber until Oct. 4.

“He allowed us to have a transition period with him,” she said. “He’s going to be helping us transition some of the programs he’s been working on.”

Banks said that although this will be a transition period for the Chamber, she is excited for the organization’s future and is confident the membership will continue to receive excellent services.

“I just can’t say enough about the staff that we have and the excitement I have for the people we have in place. I know we’re going to have a bit of a transition period finding a new executive director, but the membership won’t feel any glitches. I think that speaks to the staff’s efforts, knowledge and commitment to the Chamber.”