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New chamber CEO will leave after August


Chamber will 'keep moving'

Rick AndersonCanby’s chamber of commerce CEO of 2 ½ months is leaving.

Rick Anderson announced Aug. 18 he was resigning, effective the end of the month, to take a job with a Portland area company.

Anderson, who came on board the first of June, was chosen from a field of about 30 applicants. He succeeded Beverly Doolittle, who resigned Jan. 23 after nearly 14 years as the chamber’s executive director.

Anderson has been an assistant professor of business at the Hoff School of Business at Corban University in Salem. Previously, he was director of operations for K & E Excavating Inc., co-founder of Church Security Solutions LLC and business administrator for Morning Star Community Church, all in Salem.

Chamber President Ryan Oliver said, “While the resignation was unexpected and we hate to see Rick go, we understand he made this decision with the best interest of his family in mind.”

Anderson’s resignation was extremely disappointing, Oliver said.

“We thought he was a very good fit for us,” Oliver said. “He was from Canby. We were hoping he would be here for the long haul.”

The resignation is disappointing but certainly understandable in that he has to take care of his family, Oliver said.

Although Anderson’s tenure was brief, he launched initiatives given him by the chamber board to advance the organization’s goals, which helped strengthen the Canby business community, Oliver said.

“I loved working with my home town,” Anderson said in a chamber news release. “Canby is a community that values business and recognizes the importance of creating growth for business and opportunities for economic vitality.”

Oliver said the chamber will continue working closely with business members and the community while a search for the new CEO is underway.

“The chamber will keep moving,” he said. “We will try to have a new CEO as soon as we can.”