Goodrum resigns from Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce president/CEO position
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - The Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce will be without a president and CEO in the next week. Gioia Goodrum has resigned and will take over as the Simi Valley, California Chamber of Commerce President and CEO.
"They made me an offer I couldn't refuse," Goodrum said. "I really wasn't looking but it presented itself and I couldn't say 'no.'"
Chamber Board of Directors Chairman Gerry Anthony said Goodrum's resignation came as a surprise.
"It was hugely unexpected," he said. "It was a very big surprise certainly for me and I think for everybody else also."
Goodrum said she is proud of what she called an increase in tourism under her watch.
"Really focusing on developing a marketing plan," she said. "We completely changed the way we were doing our marketing. New branding and things like that. We spent a lot of time bring the chamber to another place. Another level."
Goodrum said she will miss her friends and collegues in Williams.
"I'm going to miss people," Goodrum said. "It's bittersweet, really."
Anthony said the first step in finding a replacement would be to put together a search committee. Anthony said he would recommend who should be on the committee. The committee will be comprised of a minimum of three members of the board and as many as two members from the community. The board of directors will approve the committee.
Anthony added that the successful candidate for the CEO position would have a strong marketing background.
"A big arm of any chamber is the marketing arm," he said. "Ours is just specialized marketing for tourism more than it is for bringing commercial business into town or big businesses into town that are industrial type businesses, although that is part of our charter. But the biggest part is to promote our businesses and marketing tourism."