Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce CEO steps down

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Martin Sherris has resigned after four years as CEO of the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce.

Martin Sherris has stepped down as CEO of the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce (GKCC).

The news came in a media release posted to the chamber’s Twitter account, at first with no explanation for Sherris’ resignation.

The former CEO officially resigned from the post on July 18, but a media release wasn’t sent out until Monday. GKCC board chair Melody Knott says they wanted to make sure everyone saw the news. “We wanted to make sure it was put out on all different platforms and rolled out all at the same time.”

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In a phone conversation with CKWS, Martin Sherris said he resigned of his own accord. He says it was time to move on and is currently investigating future opportunities.

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The chamber’s chair says Sherris will be missed. “The 2018 board of the chamber would like to thank Martin for his service,” Knott says. “He was also on the board of directors for a number of years and he contributed all the communities surrounding the chamber as well.”

GKCC members told Global News they were caught off guard by the announcement and say they were unaware Sherris had left the organization.

The search for an interim CEO is now ongoing. Officials with the chamber say they hope to name Sherris’ successor in the next few weeks.