Chamber President & CEO Norma Lansing announces retirement | Local News

The Board of Directors of the Effingham County’s Chamber of Commerce announces the upcoming resignation of President and CEO Norma Lansing, effective April 30, 2021.

Lansing has been President and CEO since 1988. During her tenure, the chamber’s membership nearly doubled, became a statewide chamber, and launched many key programs, including the Chamber Community’s Scholarship Program, which has given local students over $ 200,000 in Business Outreach Center, which provides advice to local entrepreneurs and business owners , Services, and the Cooperative Energy Buying Program, providing companies with savings on their commercial energy needs.

Under Norma’s leadership, the chamber has received numerous state, regional, and industrial awards, including the National Chamber of the Year 2020 and Illinois Chamber of the Year awards. Lansing has built business, education and government relationships that have resulted in programs such as Effingham County CEO, Effingham County Vision 2020 and Effingham Regional Career Academy.

She received a Leadership Award from the Illinois Workforce Partnership, a Distinguished Illinois Chamber Executive Award from the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, Outstanding Leadership in Community and Economic Development from East Central Illinois Development Corporation, and the Vocational Excellence Award from Effingham Midday Rotation. She is an accredited Illinois Chamber Executive and a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management, Basic Economic Development Course, and Dale Carnegie Education.

Jeff Speer, Chairman of the Board of Directors of ReMax Key Advantage, announced when announcing Lansing’s resignation: “The Board of Directors and I appreciate the more than 30 years of service that Lansing has contributed to the growth and success of the Chamber. Each time I meet, my appreciation for Norma’s leadership and admiration for how much she loves our community grows.

“We know it will be difficult to find Lansing’s replacement, but we have been working on this succession plan for almost two years and we are confident that we will have an experienced and capable person to lead the Chamber in its role as the leading business development organization in Effingham County, ”concluded Speer.

The Chamber Board has engaged Ottsie, LLC, Sally Rutledge Ott, ACE, NFPC, to conduct a search for the next Chamber President and CEO. For more information, send an email to Sally at [email protected]

Via the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce

The Effingham County’s Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1917, is the premier lawyer and advocate for business. The Chamber works to create a climate of growth and success in our community by providing leadership opportunities, volunteer programs and business-building initiatives that focus on the critical business priorities in Effingham County. Leveraging the support, talent, and resources of our members, the Effingham County Chamber leads efforts for business success and community growth. For information on membership in the Chamber, please contact Becky Brown at 217-342-4147.