Chamber director resigns


BROOKINGS – David Merhib, who has served as president and CEO of the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce since 2014, will step down Jan. 21 to pursue and opportunity in South Carolina, the Chamber board of directors announced this week.

Merhib has accepted the president and CEO position of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce in Greer, South Carolina.

“David has been a real champion for the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce during his tenure,” said Jeff Lee, chair of the Chamber board. “David and his wife, Vanessa, will be missed not only for their leadership skills within the Brookings community, but for their ability to truly make a difference in our community. On behalf of the board, and the community, I wish David and his family all the best as they embark on this new adventure.”

Under Merhib’s direction, the Brookings Chamber has restructured its membership investment through a tiered dues approach, added the Downtown Business District Committee through a partnership with the City of Brookings, led two organizational multi-year strategic plans and established public policy statements for the business membership. Merhib also created the award-winning monthly LINK magazine that is distributed to more than 20,000 households in the Brookings area and helped establish the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

“Working with the Brookings Area Chamber staff, board leadership and Chamber members for the past four years has been a great experience. Together we accomplished goals that impacted the growth of the business community. I am confident that the Chamber leadership and staff will continue to deliver excellent programming and support to the members during the transition,” Merhib said. “My family and I have been proud to be part of Brookings for the last 15 years. We have had four children here, made lifelong friends, grown personally and professionally, and we feel a lot of gratitude to be part of such a wonderful community.”

“David’s leadership has provided the Chamber with a strong foundation for the future. With that in mind, we look forward to identifying David’s successor with the help of an already formed search committee,” Lee said.


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