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Chamber executive director to retire

Mar 25, 2021
Retiring Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Steve Ryan, holding one of many business grand opening ribbons cut during his tenure.

Belfast — Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce announced March 25 that Executive Director Steve Ryan will retire at the end of July.

"Over nearly four years on the job, Steve Ryan has been a presence around Waldo County as the chamber has increased its membership and helped businesses tackle challenges, including the ones associated with the pandemic of 2020," the chamber said in its announcement.

The chamber board of directors has begun the search for the next executive director for a June 1 target start date. Chamber member relations representative Sandy Patrick and operations manager Scott Smith will over see the continuity of services while the transition takes place this summer.

“I’m pleased that we have built a great team of staff to run the chamber, a strong board to oversee and direct, and an effective set of processes to promote our Members and the region,” Ryan said in the press release.

“I tried numerous ideas that went nowhere as well, such as a shared e-commerce site, a local Small Business Conference scuttled by COVID and an online local restaurant delivery service," he said. "But it was all driven by my desire to support our local businesses!”

The Belfast Area Chamber’s goal is to support economic prosperity across Waldo County through networking, education and promotion of the region and its businesses. More information is at

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Robina Lods | Mar 26, 2021 08:14

He will be missed.

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