It was announced Thursday afternoon that Tim Chase, who has led the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce and Industry as its president and CEO since 2001, is resigning to become president of the Greater Wichita (Kansas) Economic Development Coalition and senior vice president of economic development for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, which manages the GWEDC.
Chase’s resignation is effective Feb. 15. He will assume his new role on Feb. 21.
In making the announcement, chamber of commerce board chairman Jim Johnson said, “It is with mixed emotions that I accepted Tim’s resignation. On the one hand, I am thrilled for Tim and the opportunity that this career move offers him. On the other hand, I am saddened we are losing such a highly regarded, well-connected, and truly professional leader of our own economic development efforts.
“I’ve now worked with Tim for 10 years, closely for the past two years. I’ve watched him labor over the small details in an effort to ensure whatever he was working on was the best it could be and that reflected well on the Wichita Falls chamber. I’ve also witnessed the access he’s had on the state and national level, and have likely underestimated the resulting goodwill that has come our way as a result.”
Chase, who has been with the chamber since 1998 when he was named vice president of economic development, said, “Clearly, it was a career decision for me and my family. It had nothing to do with dissatisfaction. It was something I couldn’t pass up.”
He explained that he was recruited by the Wichita chamber through a nationwide search.
Johnson explained that the chamber executive committee will “meet immediately” to discuss replacing Chase.
“We will meet to map out plans on how we want to proceed,” Johnson explained.
He said the board will consider hiring an intrim replacement, including chamber employees, and that they may conduct a national search.
“The interim replacement may come from in-house. I encourage them to let us know if they are interested ... on an interim or permanent basis,” Johnson said.