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Following the announcement of the retirement of director Kathi Perry, the board of directors for the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce shared plans for “a restructuring of the organization’s management team,” in a news release issued Nov. 7.

As part of that restructuring, the chamber says it will host “a series of roundtables, member interviews and town and county meetings” to receive community feedback on what Buena Vista wants out of its chamber of commerce.

Board vice-president Tonya Wyles said that dates and times for these roundtables would be discussed at the board’s next meeting on Wednesday.

The board of directors will be eliminating the position of executive director but also creating four new positions at the chamber – heads of the Membership and Fundraising, Marketing and Training, Special Events and Joint Ventures, and Visitor Center departments, which will each report to the board of directors.

The board will be seeking to fill openings for two of these four positions over the next month, the release says.

Wyles said the chamber would be looking for heads of the Membership and Finance department and Visitor Center departments.

“Kathi led the chamber and gave her heart and soul to its development for the past 26 years. She also contributed greatly to the town of Buena Vista by overseeing and creating Christmas Opening, the Citizen of the Year awards and selections, 4th of July Celebration and Gold Rush Days,” the release said.

The release cites the “immense growth the town of Buena Vista, the county and the state have experienced” as reasons for the new structure and “a shared mindset of a fundamental way of thinking about perceiving and understanding the new needs of the chamber and visitor center.”

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