After more than a decade, some changes will be coming to the leadership of the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce.
On Monday, Eldonna Shaw – CEO of the chamber for the past 13 years – announced that she will leave the job at the end of July. While it’s a move that had been anticipated, it comes earlier than expected.
“I had been planning to step away from chamber management at the end of this year and had been discussing this with the board,” Shaw wrote in an e-mail to membership. “However, since our planning and budgeting begins in September, I feel it really makes sense to bring in the new exec to be a part of this process. This is a very good time for this change for our chamber and for me.”
Shaw said she is not leaving the area, would still be active in the chamber – she and her husband run a consulting firm -- and would be “doing teaching, coaching and consulting.”
Shaw – then Eldonna Gossett – was selected as the new president and CEO of the Valley chamber in 2001. She succeeded Loren Mitchell in December of that year after an extensive three-month search. She was at the helm when the chamber reconfigured itself as the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce after the incorporation of Liberty Lake, involved during Spokane Valley’s own efforts toward cityhood and shepherded the chamber’s move from Sprague Avenue to Liberty Lake two years ago.
Shaw, who grew up in Plummer, Idaho, has a bachelor’s degree in home economics and business from the University of Idaho. She has worked as the president of the North Central Idaho Travel Association and the Idaho Association of Chambers of Commerce.
Shaw said in her letter she is excited about the future of the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce.
“Together, we have made amazing strides forward and there are more new things in store on the horizon,” she wrote. “My message…is to stay involved and continue to make this a successful chamber. It takes all of us working together to make a difference.”