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Taylor too busy to lead chamber

KIM MARQUIS

SUMMIT COUNTY – Jack Taylor says he is not abandoning a sinking ship. The executive director of the Summit County Chamber of Commerce resigned on Friday, urging the board of directors to hire a full-time captain. As a business consultant with a successful mediation company, Taylor said he doesn’t have time to fill the role.”I’m not leaving because I think this is a sinking ship,” Taylor said. “I’m leaving because I think this place deserves full-time leadership and I’m not willing to provide that.”Taylor served as executive director of the chamber for 17 months. His resignation leaves a void in an organization that is struggling due to reduced funding for the two information centers it subsidizes and manages. Taylor said he made the decision to leave two weeks ago. He was hired in January 2003 on a part-time basis, but he said he spent 60 hours per week for the last few months in his position at the chamber. The time dedication increased a few months ago, as financial problems started to affect operations, and he and the board began evaluating expenditures. Declining revenues prompted the closure of the Frisco Visitors Information Center earlier this month. The center was reopened quickly with an advance by the town of Frisco for expected profits from a planned barbecue event. The future of the second information center, in Silverthorne, is also in question as board members negotiate with managers of the Silverthorne Factory Stores to help keep that location open.”The chamber is going through some real strategic change and, honestly, I think that whoever is in the full-time position is the person who needs to lead that change,” Taylor said. “There’s nothing about what has gone on in the last few months that pushed me out the door. I’ve not been able to pay enough attention to my business. It really came down to making a choice.”His business is Taylored Solutions, a mediation and group process consulting service. Taylor will continue to manage daily operations at the chamber until July 5. A search committee formed by the board aims to fill Taylor’s position by the end of July.Kim Marquis can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 249, or at kmarquis@summitdaily.com.


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