Broken Bow Chamber To Begin Search For New Executive Director; Kennedy Transitioning To Admin. Assistant

Press Release: Broken Bow, Neb. – April 22, 2020 –The Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce Board is continually striving to respect the foundation that Broken Bow is built on, yet ask how this community can become the best it has ever been. We believe in supporting and promoting our Chamber Team Members as well as our community. We firmly believe in the team concept and that each person brings skills that, when matched with others, make us unstoppable 

To that end, the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce has multiple announcements to communicate. Joni Kaczanowski, Administrative Assistant since April 2018, started a new position in the community as of April 1, 2020. The Chamber of Commerce wishes to express our sincere appreciation for the many accomplishments due to her teamwork over the past two years. This opening has led to multiple discussions.

Executive Director, Deb Kennedy, has made a request of the Executive Board and Board of Directors to transition to the Administrative Assistant position and start the search for the next Executive Director to lead the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce. 

“When I was initially hired as the Administrative Assistant in October 2017, it was at a turning point for the Chamber. When presented the opportunity of leading the Chamber as the Executive Director three months into my tenure it was, and will continue to be, one of greatest honors of my professional career. Building trust and relationships locally, regionally, across the state, and nationally has been at the core of everything we have accomplished over the past two plus years,” said Kennedy. “The focus of the Chamber of Commerce will change over the next 2-5 years based on the outcome of the pandemic we are currently experiencing. After a lot of prayer and reflection I felt it was in the best interest of all that I continue at the Chamber, but in a supportive role.” 

As the Board of Directors begins the search for a new Executive Director, Kennedy will remain the acting director until the position is filled. Once the search for the position concludes, Kennedy will transition into the Administrative Assistant position. 

“Making a decision to step away from this position was clearly not an easy one for Deb. She came to the Executive Board and expressed that she felt it was in the best interest of the Chamber to find an Executive Director that had more of a business background. Deb has done an incredible job organizing events that have been a huge benefit to Chamber members and to the City of Broken Bow,” said Chamber President Levi French. “I am really proud of Deb for taking a step back and understanding her strengths and weaknesses. We look forward to finding a new Executive Director, but also keeping Deb on with the Chamber where we can utilize her strengths and experience throughout our area communities.” 

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