Big changes ahead for Irmo Chamber of Commerce


The Greater Irmo (South Carolina) Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for big changes -- including a new president, a new locale and a new overall image.

Chamber President Tiffany Boyce Heitzman recently announced her intention to step down, a decision made necessary when Heitzman's husband, Army Maj. Bill Heitzman, was assigned to Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Heitzman plans to move in August.

“Initially, we had hoped to only be making a few of these changes, but these unexpected orders have us developing a plan to find a new president and CEO,” Chamber chairman Tom Ledbetter said. “Tiffany has been an amazing asset to the chamber, and although we know this is an exciting opportunity for her family, we will miss her.”

Heitzman said she has mixed emotions about the move.

“The Midlands has been my home for 35 years, and leaving my home and the chamber is going to be bittersweet,” she said. “I am very proud of the work we all have been able to accomplish together over these past four years. It is an exciting time for the chamber and I look forward to helping in the search for a new president and CEO who will usher the organization into the next era.”

Under Heitzman, the chamber has seen an improved financial standing, increased membership and a capital campaign that raised more than $180,000 to go toward the purchase of a new building. Over the past year, the chamber has also undergone a rebranding, which will be unveiled when the chamber moves into its new building in June.

“With all of the growth and upcoming changes, it is more important than ever for members to continue to be active and involved,” Ledbetter said. “We have been fortunate to have Tiffany, and her vision and work have developed a fantastic foundation for us. We are positioned to undoubtedly attract some high level talent.”

The search for a new president will be done by a formal committee made up of past and present board members and community leaders. Chamber officials hope to have a new president selected by July.  

“My goal is to work with the executive committee, board, chamber members and new president to make this transition as smooth as possible for everyone involved,” Heitzman said. “I want to do everything I can before I leave to ensure the Chamber continues on a positive path of growth.”

More information at the chamber can be found online at GreaterIrmoChamber.com. Heitzman can be contacted at ceo@greaterirmochamber.com.

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