Grass Valley chamber CEO VanMeter retiring |

Grass Valley chamber CEO VanMeter retiring

After almost 20 years as president of the Grass Valley and Nevada County Chamber of commerce, Mary Ann VanMeter has announced her retirement effective immediately.

“There is never a good time to leave an organization, but after much thought and discussions with my family, I’ve made the decision to move on,” VanMeter said in a statement.

Susan Rice, the newly elected chairperson of the chamber’s board of directors, will fulfill VanMeter’s role, with the aide of chamber staff, until a replacement has been selected, said Patti Ingram Spencer, outgoing chairperson of the board.

“The executive board will launch a search for a new executive officer in the near future,” Ingram Spencer said in a statement. “The chamber will continue to meet the needs of our community and provide resources to our membership during the transition.”

During her career with the chamber, VanMeter has overseen the complete renovation of the historic Lola Montez Home, which was the home of the chamber. She also oversaw the move to the new headquarters at the Holbrook Hotel in mid-November.

VanMeter was a co-founder in the creation and development of the Nevada County Leadership Institute and chaired the Leadership Steering Committee, according to the chamber’s website.

“We are forever grateful for Mary Ann’s leadership, hard work and commitment to the Chamber and the community,” Ingram Spencer said. “Mary Ann has been instrumental in forming several valuable strategic alliances over the years.”

One of her major focuses was forming partnerships with business organizations within western Nevada County to focus on common issues and working with government agencies to promote a healthy business climate in western Nevada County.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with some wonderful board members throughout the years as well as great partners from the Regional Chambers of Commerce, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and the Grass Valley Downtown Association,” VanMeter said. “I can never begin to express my appreciation to the staff and office volunteers who have worked so hard for the Chamber.”

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call (530) 477-4236.

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