A professional with three decades of experience working with chambers of commerce was named the interim president and chief executive officer of the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce this week, according to a news release.
Zoe Taylor takes the reins from Mike Gibson, who announced last month that he’s retiring a year early to travel the globe with his wife. Gibson’s last day is Friday.
“Zoe’s years of experience in exactly this role allows the chamber to go through its due diligence in vetting and hiring the next CEO," chamber board chairwoman-elect Danielle Fresca said in the announcement.
A search committee, made up of the chamber's board of directors and community leaders, expects to launch a national search for the chamber’s next administrator within the next two weeks, said Karen Cronauer, vice president of operations.
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She declined to disclose Taylor’s pay and said the salary range for Gibson’s permanent successor isn't finalized yet.
Gibson's successor will be tasked with managing six employees, a membership of 1,000 businesses and 17 board members. Gibson headed the chamber for nine years.
Taylor has worked as an executive for chambers of commerce in Ventura, Burbank and Pico Rivera, the news release states.
Since retiring from the Ventura Chamber of Commerce in 2009, Taylor runs her own consulting company to help chambers in transition. Paso Robles is Taylor's fifth chamber of commerce since her retirement. She’s aided chambers in Santa Barbara, Huntington Beach, Manhattan Beach and Kingman, Ariz.
Taylor doesn’t want to be a candidate for Paso Robles’ next CEO, Cronauer confirmed.