Vermont Chamber of Commerce Names Christopher Barbieri as Interim President

first_imgChris Barbieri has been named Interim President of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Effective on January 1, 2009, he will succeed Duane Marsh, who left to become Executive Director of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association. Chris Barbieri will remain in this position until a full-time replacement is hired.Barbieri stated, “I’m delighted to step in as Interim President. I look forward to working with our professional staff and volunteer leadership in meeting the many challenges facing Vermont’s business community.”In 2003, Barbieri stepped down as President of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce to head up the Asia Division with direct supervision of the Vermont Chamber’s international trade offices in Shanghai, China and Taipei, Taiwan. During his tenure as Director of the Asia Division, Barbieri worked to improve Vermont’s visibility within China and Taiwan and positioned the state as a place to do business and visit.Rick Milliken, Chair of the Vermont Chamber Board of Directors stated, “The selection of Barbieri will allow the search team the luxury of time to find the best candidate for President. During these uncertain economic times, it is important that the Vermont Chamber of Commerce finds the best person to lead and find solutions to the challenges as they relate to strengthening our economy and developing sound public policy for Vermont.”Milliken noted, “Our board unanimously voted to ascend Barbieri to the position of Interim President. Barbieri is a seasoned professional with knowledge of the Vermont Chamber staff and the issues that affect businesses throughout the state. We feel that the business community and our members are in good hands with his selection.”During the past five years, Milliken noted, “We appreciate the service that Duane Marsh has provided to the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and the business community. With Barbieri at the helm during the search for a permanent replacement, our members will be well represented as we move forward.”last_img