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Brandon Chamber CEO steps in to new role

BRANDON - Longtime Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tammy Bracewell is stepping down, telling the chamber’s executive committee she wants more time to spend with her grandchildren. Bracewell and members of the executive committee announced Wednesday morning to the board of directors and staff that Bracewell will step down June 7 and assume a role as special projects chief. Bracewell, who has been with the chamber for 24 years, had approached the executive committee previously, saying she wants more time to spend with her two grandchildren, according to a press release from the chamber. Laura Simpson, chamber vice president of engagement and programming, will act as interim president and CEO.
“While we were not anticipating Tammy's decision to change roles, we are pleased that we are able to fulfill her desire to spend more time with her family, while still having the benefit of her experience and expertise,” said Board Chairman Darren Denington. “We are excited about the steps leading up to the transition that have already occurred and, with her and Laura having worked closely for many years, we anticipate this being a seamless process,” said Denington, owner of Service with Style and Copper Bell Cafe-Riverview. Attorney Bob Bivins, who previously served as board chairman, said he worked with Bracewell through the details of her change in roles. “Since becoming CEO, Tammy Bracewell has devoted her heart and soul to this organization and its people. Her guidance, vision, and tireless efforts are largely responsible for the success the Chamber has enjoyed and the role it has played in our community over the last 20-plus years. We all owe Tammy a huge debt of gratitude and she will forever have my deep-rooted respect and heartfelt friendship.” Simpson, a 13-year veteran of the organization, said she is excited about the opportunity to take the helm and applauds Bracewell for her contribution to the chamber and to the community. “It has been an honor to serve with Tammy for the past 13 years and I am eager to continue to work together, although within a little different structure.” Simpson said she was proud of all Bracewell accomplished. Bracewell spoke to the board Wednesday. “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality,” she said, quoting business man and best-selling author Max De Pree. “The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” Bracewell said it has been her honor to lead the organization for the past 13 years and to serve its members.

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