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St. John Valley Chamber executive tenders resignation

MADAWASKA, Maine — The executive director of the St. John Valley Chamber of Commerce is leaving his post to take another job.

Brian Bouley, who has helmed the chamber since April 2015, indicated in his resignation letter that he has decided “to pursue another opportunity in a different career field.” He did not specify what he will be doing but indicated that the resignation takes effect Oct. 1.

In a press release they issued Thursday, the directors of the chamber board collectively expressed their respect for what Brian Bouley has accomplished in the three years he has held the position.

“Brian had been instrumental in a 40 percent growth in membership since he took over and also worked with the Board of Directors in implementing new programs like the Central St. John Valley Yard Sale and Poutine Palooza that help bring visitors to the area,”  according to the board members. “Bouley was also the treasurer of the Aroostook Association of Chamber of Commerces and the regional representative for the Maine Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.”

During his tenure, the former Greater Madawaska Chamber of Commerce, also changed its name and rebranded with a new logo, website and Facebook page in an effort to better unify and represent the five communities it serves — Madawaska, Grand Isle, Frenchville, St. Agatha and Sinclair.

Bouley declined to comment further when contacted Friday, but in a letter addressed to the board, he said that although he is stepping down, he will continue to support the chamber and its efforts.

“I loved my job as your executive director and will miss working with you tremendously. Our Board of Directors and I worked very hard over the past three and a half years to reestablish a positive connection with our members and I am happy to say that in that time, we grew from 97 members to 136,” Bouley wrote. “Although I will be stepping down as executive director, I have offered to join the Board of Directors, help train my replacement, and work hard to continue to support this organization that I believe in.”

Chamber President Gail Beaupre said Friday that the organization is advertising for a replacement immediately “so that Brian will be able to help the new director slide right into the position.”

The chamber will be looking for an individual, “who is highly motivated, innovative, community minded, with great social skills,” she said.

If a replacement is not found before Bouley leaves, Beaupre said she expected that members of the board of directors would “fill in as much as possible. It may be limited hours as we have full time jobs, but we will make it work.”

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