MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Marquette Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday morning that its founding Executive Director Jason Schneider has resigned. With the initiative of nine businesses and the City of Marquette, the Chamber opened its doors in 2015 and today has over 170 members.
Reaching this number of members in three short years has demonstrated the need for a member run business support organization. Schneider was a big part of this success and while he leaves with some hesitation, he is proud to have been a part of the Chamber and its integration into the region’s local business community.
“It’s been amazing to work on behalf of the Marquette Community for the last three years and I am proud of what our members have built, a Chamber that above all exists to serve its members.” Said Schneider. “My decision doesn’t come lightly, and I am looking forward to watching the Chamber evolve into an even stronger, more engaging, community asset.”
Schneider accepted a position out of state that begins in May and will remain with the Chamber up to April 13. While the Chamber is sad to see him go, the Board of Directors is excited for new and exciting opportunities.
“We are very excited for Jason’s new opportunity and grateful for everything he has done for the Chamber. At the same time we couldn’t be more thrilled about the opportunities we have moving forward with Ampersand, Be Local Buy Local, Marquette365, and the Creative Residency. We have a lot of programs going right now that are extremely exciting and they are going to have a tremendous impact on the Marquette community,” commented Christian Verardi, the Chamber’s Board President.
Some have described the Chamber as a support to local businesses by enhancing, nurturing, and prioritizing the quality of life from local business success, family, recreation, being creative and finding time and space for personal growth and community engagement. “From its inception, the Marquette Chamber was built different. It was built as a cooperative of its members,” Schneider continued.
Founding President, Matt Gougeon worked closely with Schneider from the start. “Jason has been a tireless visionary and advocate for the Marquette chamber. His work and achievement has built an energized platform from which this Chamber will launch into a vibrant maturity through deeper service and support to the member business community,” commented Gougeon.
As the Board begins the search for Schneider’s replacement, Assistant Director Nick Steffey will step in as Interim ED.
The Chamber Board and staff look forward to engaging with the current and new members. If you’re interested in joining to better the Marquette area, please visit https://marquettechamber.com/ or stop by the office at the UP’s only coworking space, Ampersand, located downtown in the Masonic Building.
The mission of the Marquette Chamber of Commerce is to enhance the quality of life by supporting the business community in the Marquette area.