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Watkins Glen Chamber leader resigns unexpectedly

Changes have come to the Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce.

The Board of Directors accepted the resignation of Executive Director Rebekah Carroll. She was hired in October 2008 to serve as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer. She was named CEO in May 2010.

Her title was changed to executive director in 2019.

During Rebekah Carroll’s tenure as President and CEO/Executive Director, the Chamber experienced a tremendous period of growth, the organization said after the announcement. Among her accomplishments – increasing membership by 67%.

“Rebekah Carroll has been an innovative and dedicated leader,” the Chamber’s board said in a statement.

Carroll said she is proud of the work she’s done, and looks forward to seeing the Chamber continue on its successful path forward.

“It has been an honor to serve the Chamber over the course of the last 12 years, and I am looking forward to assisting with a smooth transition as a new Executive Director is selected. I am eager to pursue my dreams of opening an accounting and consulting business; and I am delighted to make the Chamber one member stronger with the immediate addition of my new business, Statements Accounting and Consulting Services.”

Amanda Smith-Socaris, who serves as Chair of the Board of Directors thanked Carroll for her service. “We sincerely appreciate Rebekah’s remarkable contributions to the Chamber during her time as CEO and Executive Director,” she said. “Under her leadership, unprecedented growth has been achieved, and she has positioned the organization ideally for future advancement. We offer her our heartfelt appreciation and a blessing for her entrepreneurial success.”

Carroll will remain until a replacement has been identified and hired.

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