Chamber executive director resigns
For the last six years Shannon McCarty has been a staple at local events. After all, in her role as the executive director for the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce, it was her job.
At the end of May, McCarty resigned from the chamber.
She said leaving the job and work she’s loved doing was a tough choice, but health reasons and getting the chance to spend more time with her family eventually made up her mind for her.
“It was a hard decision,” she said. “I loved working with the chamber. It’s been a big part of my life.”
Since she began, McCarty said the chamber has tripled in size and that they started several key events that are now Mukilteo staples, such as the car show, summer outdoor movies and continuing to sponsor the Christmas tree lighting.
“I’ve really enjoyed working there,” she said. “It was a good fit, and I’m very appreciative of all the members and community.”
One of her favorite accomplishments, McCarty said, was how much the chamber has grown, alongside the city.
“I’m so proud of the community and how much the chamber has grown,” she said. “Our ambassador program has at least a dozen members. The growth is significant. Our growth has continued to exceed our goals every year.”
Janet Hammerman, a member of the chamber board of directors, said the chamber is going to miss McCarty.
“She really grew the chamber and implemented new programs,” Hammerman said. “She made the after hours events really a fun place to gather.
“We wish her all the best, and we’ve greatly appreciated her,” she added.
While the chamber hasn’t announced who will be taking over for McCarty yet, she knows the chamber is in good hands.
“It’s a nice opportunity for someone,” she said. “It’s a really terrific board.”
Hammerman said the chamber will have the chamber’s marketing manager, Julie Martin, serve as interim director through at least the summer, when the board will revisit and decide where to go from there.
Martin said she and McCarty made a great team at the chamber. She said McCarty’s leadership helped turn the organization into what it is today.
“Shannon’s ability to quickly and decisively make decisions helped grow the Chamber from a volunteer-run organization to the professional organization it is today.
“Shannon’s vision, wit and compassion drew people to the chamber, at least doubling the size of membership and chamber events.”
Martin said she’ll miss working with McCarty every day, and especially her sense of humor and her ability to turn a bad situation into a funny story.
“I wish her the best in whatever she chooses to do next,” Martin said. “I know she will be successful in whatever endeavor she chooses.”
McCarty said she would be remiss to leave the chamber without thanking not only its members, but the community as a whole.
“I want to thank the community for the opportunity and that I had a great opportunity to grow the chamber,” she said. “The community has been instrumental in making this what it is.”