Executive director of Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel chamber resigns after less than a year on the job

Posted Oct. 07, 2013, at 3:11 p.m.

KENNEBUNK, Maine — In the midst of rebranding efforts, the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce has lost its executive director.

The Chamber has announced that Suzanne McKechnie, who took the post in December 2012, resigned last week during a meeting of the Chamber’s executive board.

“She stated she was looking to continue her career path and wanted to meet different goals than where she was going currently,” said President David “Duffy” Cluff. “The executive board accepted her resignation, thanked her for her service and wished her the best.”

The Chamber board is in the process of bringing in an interim director who will serve until a permanent executive director is hired, Cluff said. A few names of potential candidates have been passed on to the board, Cluff said, adding that the board is exploring those possibilities. If they do not work out, he said the Chamber will advertise for the position.

The Chamber hopes to have an interim director in the coming weeks, he said, and anticipates the process of hiring the new executive director could take three to six months.

The Chamber recently unveiled its new branding and within the past year opened a new office on Water Street in Kennebunk and a visitor’s center in Lower Village. Cluff said those changes have all been positive and the organization is looking for that to continue, redoing its website and continuing with a marketing program.

“The board that we have is very dynamic this year,” Duffy said. “The marketing piece is really something we’re focusing on this year to really market the area not only for tourism, but as a place you want to live and start up your business.”

The Chamber’s new office at 16 Water St. will remain open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and the Visitor’s Center in Lower Village remains open daily.

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