Published 1/1/2013 in Local News
By ANGIE HAFLICH
Reynaldo Mesa has resigned his position as Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce president, according to a press release issued Monday by the Chamber.
Mesa's resignation, which was effective Monday, comes almost exactly one year after he took over the president's role on Jan. 1, 2012.
Upon receiving Mesa's resignation, Chamber Board of Directors Chairwoman Debbie Reynolds made the following statement:
"Reynaldo has worked very hard to help move the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce forward," Reynolds said. "We are very grateful for all his efforts and wish him well in his future endeavors."
In a separate interview, when asked what led to Mesa's decision, Reynolds said, "That was a decision he made. You would need to talk to him about that."
Mesa was unavailable for comment Monday night.
Reynolds said that Mesa announced his resignation to the board on Monday.
Mesa came to the Chamber after having served two years as a state representative and 12 years as a city commissioner. He was a three-time mayor of Garden City. He also was a public affairs officer with Cox Communications for more than 10 years.
"He's a hometown person. He's native to Garden City, so he grew up here, he knows a lot of people here. He's also been in city government and statewide government, and he's been the mayor for a number of years and also he was a state representative," Reynolds said about what Mesa brought to the Chamber president position. "He has a lot of contacts locally and statewide."
Reynolds said that the search for Mesa's replacement would begin immediately.
"We haven't even put a search committee together or anything, so we will put a search committee together to start that process," she said. "What will happen is, the search committee will offer so many candidates to the board, or maybe a couple of candidates, and then they will be interviewed and the board will take a vote on the hiring of that person."
In the interim period, Chamber Vice President Myca Bunch will serve as interim president.
"I'm humbled by the opportunity that the board of directors has given me, and I look forward to continuing to do great things for the Chamber and our membership," Bunch said.
Found 4 comment(s)!
I’m very saddened to hear of this news. I believe Mr. Mesa was headed in the right direction with the Chamber and I believe you have lost a very good President.
Posted by: Concerned Ambassador on 1/3/2013
Karma? Linda, you will have to be more specific than that!
If you ask me, it is the Chamber Board at this point who is inept. They can't seem to hire anyone good who will get the job done. The board is just as much to blame for the dysfunction as any past president.
Posted by: GC Advocate on 1/2/2013
Mesa Resigns as Chamber President
Posted by: Linda Shook on 1/1/2013
there aren't many republicans that i -don't- lump together with the ridiculous right. but.... and i realize that it may do more harm to him than good if -i- say so.... but.... (laughter) reynaldo has proven himself.... over and over. i think he'd make a -great- governor.... or member of congress. -whatever-.... he has my full support.
Posted by: james McAllaster on 1/1/2013