Sunday, October 1, 2023

National Search is On for New Alliance President, CEO

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The Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance has launched a national search for a new president and CEO.

Alliance President and CEO Richard Schreiber announced his retirement this year after eight years in his position. In early June, he said his plan was to retire at the end of the year, but said he would remain in his position on a month-to-month basis if a replacement was not found before 2014.

On Thursday, the Alliance announced its search for a replacement on a national scale to find the right leader for the nonprofit organization that has about 760 members.

“Programs developed by Alliance staff have added a meaningful dimension to this community. It is vital that the right person lead the right search firm to ensure that momentum continues during the transition and that the outcome is a leader who can build on what has been accomplished and take it to the next level,” John Hallowell, the Alliance’s chairman, said in a release.

Marshall Warner, executive vice president and senior loan officer for Chesapeake Bank, is leading the search for Schreiber’s replacement. Warner participated in the search process that put Schreiber in his position in 2005.

This year, SearchWide — an executive search firm dealing primarily in tourism, travel, events and venue management — has been retained to conduct the search. Additionally, the search committee includes 12 representatives of business- and tourism-related organizations, including Warner, and one representative from each of the three Historic Triangle localities.

“The role of Alliance President and CEO is crucial to the future of tourism, businesses and economic development here, and it is important that we identify the right person to lead initiatives for the future,” Warner said in a release.

A job posting for Schreiber’s replacement is now listed on SearchWide’s site.

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