The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new leader. Current CEO and president Rona Rahlf is stepping down, necessitating a search to replace her.
Meanwhile, Stan Lockhart, a lobbyist and business consultant with 30 years of experience in the technology industry, has volunteered and was appointed as the chamber’s interim president and CEO through September, during which time the chamber board will conduct a formal search to replace Rahlf.
“Rona has done an exceptional job in managing the chamber over the past six years,” said Arthur Newell, senior vice president of Bank of Utah and former chamber board of directors chair. “She has brought focus to the chamber and taken events and policy advocacy to new levels of excellence. Chamber stakeholders are united in thanking Rahlf for her leadership and celebrate her success as the chamber’s third president/CEO.”
“We are very fortunate to have Stan lead our transition at the Utah Valley Chamber,” said Chris Yadon, executive director of the Younique Foundation and current board chair. “He is respected, loved and lauded by business and community leaders throughout the valley and state. His service will be key as we pivot and execute on the chamber’s mission moving forward.”
The chamber board sent a communication June 10 to its members that has resulted in some confusion. Some members believed that the Utah Valley Chamber was suspending its operation indefinitely, which is not the case.
“While COVID-19 has dramatically disrupted the economy, it has also compelled the chamber, like many businesses, to examine its value proposition and pivot to streamline services and operations to better meet the expectations and needs of its members,” the board said in a statement.
“The board acted quickly to ensure the chamber and new leadership would have the resources needed to implement and invest in strategies going forward,” said Yadon. “At this inflection point, it is the right business decision to examine the chamber’s service model and supporting organization to best meet member needs and help shape the economic prosperity of Utah Valley. Lockhart’s leadership will be key to assist the chamber in this process.”
“It is time for me to give back to the community that has given me so much,” said Lockhart. “Provo, Orem and the rest of the valley are among the most innovative business areas in the United States and a place where families want to live, learn, work and play. We must continue to do more and help businesses solve their most pressing issues.”