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Friday, 31 August 2012 18:24

Lam named interim CEO of Kalamazoo Chamber

Written by  Kelly Hill
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KALAMAZOO — Lam & Associates owner Blaine Lam has been named the interim president and CEO of the Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Jim Stephanak, the director of administration for strategic implementation for MLive Media Group, will resume his seat as immediate past chair on the board of directors. Prior to Lam’s selection, Stephanak served a 25-day stint as transitional leader to lend support and management continuity until an interim president could be named.

Lam agreed to serve as interim president for the remainder of the transition period.

Former President and CEO Steward Sandstrom left in mid-July to assume duties as head of the Springfield, Ill. Area Chamber of Commerce.

“The chamber is first and foremost a membership organization,” Lam said. “I’m looking forward to working with this excellent board to continue to serve those members as they seek a new executive.”

Lam has served eight other community organizations as an interim executive. He and his wife, Bobbie, have owned Lam & Associates, a community relations firm, for 25 years.

“We are very pleased to announce Blaine as the interim president,” Jeff Hawkins, board chairman of the Kalamazoo Chamber and president of Envirologic Technologies Inc., said in a statement. “We firmly believe he has the necessary experience and familiarity with both the organization and community to provide steady leadership during the transition period.”

The board of directors also selected executive search and talent management consulting firm Welsh & Associates of Kalamazoo to head the nationwide executive search for a permanent president and CEO. Candidates are encouraged to send resumes directly to Welsh & Associates at [email protected]

“We will be happy to provide the job description and position requirements to anyone who inquires,” Welsh said.

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