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Riddle stepping down as chamber director in April

By
JACKIE KOCH

Vicki Riddle has been part of making downtown Tecumseh and the Tecumseh area shine since August 2009 in her role as Executive Director of the Tecumseh Area Chamber of Commerce, but now she’s ready to hang up that hat to allow the chamber to have some fresh new ideas as well to pursue her new goals and dreams.

Her plans after she ends her stint at the chamber include working from home as a virtual assistant. “I have 43 years’ worth of administrative experience that hopefully I can use to continue to still help small businesses, and concentrate more on my store, as well,” she said. The store, SpecialTee Prints & Pets, opened this year and is just around the corner from the chamber office. It offers items such as custom printing, embroidery and vinyl lettering for pet accessories and people.

“This has been a tough year for the chamber, just like it’s been a tough year for all the other businesses, but I just think this is the right time,” Riddle said. “We didn’t have a lot of our events, so when we come out of this I think it should be something fresh and new.” She said that she feels someone with new ideas can give the chamber a fresh start.

Although she will be stepping down at the end of April she still plans on being involved, hopefully as a chamber ambassador and in volunteering for some of the events and activities.

She found many things to be rewarding in her 11 years working with the businesses and the community. “I really loved being part of the community and just being ingrained in the things that are going on,” she said.

“Part of the chamber’s job is to have events that bring people to town that eat in our restaurants, that shop in our stores. We were very involved in Appleumpkin and trying to help with all the other events that go on, just so we could be part of that.”

When asked what she was most proud of in her time spent promoting Tecumseh, she said the improvement and progress of the chamber operations is the thing that stands out the most. “I think probably the biggest one is that when I started there at the end of August 2009, the chamber had gone through some pretty significant issues,” she said. “When I got into the office and was able to look at things and see what was going on, there were no files, there were no records of any membership or anything like that. So it probably took a couple of years, but we turned it around and made it be a very significant part of the community.”

The chamber is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for the position of executive director, to fulfill the mission to promote and enhance professional and business interests and to increase the general welfare and prosperity of the Tecumseh area. The candidate must have experience in marketing, public relations, communications or related field with at least five years of prior experience preferred. A detailed job description is available at tecumsehchamber.org. Qualified candidates may submit their resume and cover letter, including salary requirements, by email to chamber@tecumsehchamber.org and cc kmattison@yourpremierbank.com by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, and are directed to use Promote Tecumseh in the subject line of their email. In-person interviews for those who qualify will take place in early January.

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