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Turlock Chamber of Commerce eliminates CEO position
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As of Dec. 1, Karin Moss will no longer be the Turlock Chamber of Commerce CEO. She will continue to work with the Chamber as an independent consultant. - photo by Journal file photo

The Turlock Chamber of Commerce is restructuring its staff as the business organization looks to refocus its resources.

The Chamber announced this week that Karin Moss will be stepping down as the organization's president and CEO effective Dec. 1, but continue to work with the Chamber as an independent contractor. The Chamber's Executive Committee will take over the day-to-day management of operations spearheaded by Chamber Board of Directors Chair-Elect Robert Rodarte.

“We are taking a hard look at our business model with the goal of becoming more cutting edge. To that end, we are listening to the community and our members who, we believe, want a better value proposition that enables them to market themselves throughout the community and business to business,” said current Chamber Board Chair Lazar Piro in a released statement.

Membership Coordinator Irene Holmes will remain full-time with the Chamber in her role assisting members, the Board and the public and Sharon Berry will remain in the part-time event coordination position.

Moss called her transition from full-time CEO to as-needed consultant a "win-win" situation for both her and the Chamber.

"The Chamber strives to be the forefront of business in Turlock and to do that they need to go back to the drawing board," she said. "There's no acrimony here, we just took a hard look at where we're at and where we need to go."

The Chamber will focus its resources on determining the wants and needs of its members and then develop programs to meet those needs, according to Moss.

"I am looking forward to working closely with the Chamber leadership in a productive, collaborative and streamlined way,” she said.

Moss was hired in March, after a lengthy executive search. She came to the Chamber while it was already in the midst of a reorganization, following the retirement of long-serving Chamber President and CEO Sharon Silva in August 2015 and the severed partnership between the Chamber and City of Turlock in operating the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Turlock City Manager Gary Hampton said that the City will continue its current partnership with the Chamber, which entails leasing the Chamber's current home in Central Park for a nominal fee each year.

"We understand the critical role an organization like a chamber of commerce can play with the economic expansion of the city," said Hampton.

Moss said that she plans to go back to consulting full time. She has more than 30 years of experience in corporate and non-profit sectors. Before coming to the Turlock Chamber, Moss provided executive direction to economic development and downtown revitalization programs in several cities throughout California as well as to the National Main Street Center in Washington, D.C.