After we announced that Kathy McCorry will be retiring and stepping away from her role as CEO of the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, some in the community have had questions. Before we answer those questions, we want to thank Kathy for all she has done. During her tenure Kathy has led the organization to new heights. She helped the Chamber create a new strategic plan, city legislative papers, an elected official’s endorsement process, and many other efforts that have strengthened the organization. Her leadership during the pandemic helped support the business community and encouraged all of us to re-imagine business opportunities and responsibilities. The Board of Directors and Staff are extremely appreciative of Kathy’s expertise, years of service and her commitment to the community. We wish her the best as she steps into a new phase of her life.
To ensure a smooth transition, the Board has appointed Diana Lum as the interim chief executive officer. Diana steps naturally into this role and brings with her over 12 years of Chamber experience, the past 7 years in Issaquah. She has demonstrated the ability to create strong partnerships and has established creative programs and new opportunities to increase value in membership and support the business community. She has a full understanding of the chamber’s operations and will ensure a steady transition while continuing the work of the organization.
Kathy McCorry will continue to support the Chamber as an Executive Advisor. In addition to her dedication to support the Chamber through this transition, Kathy will also be working with Diana and the Chamber team on the 53rd Annual Salmon Days Festival - ensuring this popular event is brought to the community with the same success as in previous years.
The Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce is actively recruiting a new CEO. We anticipate having a new CEO in place before the end of the year. We thank you for your support and again express our appreciation to Kathy for her years of service.