Cindy Vees Resigns As Chamber Director

Submitted By Marianne Graves

“It’s been rewarding to work with the Madison County community and I’ve enjoyed the dynamic of all of the individual and business members, county and city leadership. Madison County has some amazing wonderful people who are like family to me, I will miss them greatly,” said Cindy Vees

Cindy Vees

Cindy Vees

At the helm of Greater Madison County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism business community for three years, Cindy Vees is stepping down from her role as the executive director, it was announced July 9. “November of this year will be six years since I began volunteering at the Chamber and what a wonderful time of learning and growth it has been,” said Vees. She became the Executive Director three years ago and she believes the Chamber is in “good position for continued expansion.” Vees said her last day on the job will be July 22. “It’s been rewarding to work with the Madison County community and I’ve enjoyed the dynamic of all of the individual and business members, county and city leadership. Madison County has some amazing wonderful people who are like family to me, I will miss them greatly,” she said. The reason for Vees’ departure is her new venture called Cindy Vees and Associates, LLC, a public relations and marketing business based in Madison. “I have secured a very nice consulting position with a non-profit to provide public relations, community outreach, and marketing services nationwide, which is my passion,” she wrote. Under Vees direction since January 2011, the non-profit Madison County Chamber in downtown Madison has grown from 160 to over 220 members. This past week, four Chamber photographs of Madison Blue Spring State Park in Lee went viral on the Florida State Parks Facebook with a total reach of over three million people, according to a July 14 email from Martha J. Robinson, Communications Manager at the Bureau of Operational Services for the Department of Environmental Protection in Tallahassee. Vees was the driver behind the creation of the Chamber’s first Facebook account in 2009. In the last five years, Vees has organized and continued to maintain five Facebook accounts that promote local businesses, events and attractions inviting visitors to Madison County. This month, a Chamber Facebook post about Madison Peach Farm was viewed by over 5,500 people. Owner Sharlene Blomquist said the Farm was picked out of peaches, and they closed early for summer. Vees plans to remain supportive of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism with a membership for her new business and she said she’ll provide assistance needed by the Chamber Board and staff for a smooth transition to a new leader. CareerSource North Florida at 705 East Base Street in Madison will be responsible for receiving applications and resumes in a search to replace Vees as executive director. “Being the director of a Chamber is a challenging job,” Vees said, “It’s a great opportunity for the right person, especially in our wonderful community that we have in Madison County.”

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