Chamber Executive Director Announces Retirement

Chamber Executive Director Announces Retirement

After nearly 30 years of service with the McPherson Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director Jennifer Burch has announced her retirement effective September 13, 2019 due to health reasons.

Jennifer first joined the Chamber staff in 1987 as administrative assistant and served under five different directors before becoming the Executive Director of the Chamber in 2004. Growing up in Lindsborg, Jennifer graduated from Lindsborg High School (Smoky Valley High School) and Brown Mackie College Salina, with a degree in business. She and her husband, Vaughan, have two sons, Travis and Tyler, and two grandchildren, Hattie and Kyrie.

“Looking back over the past 30 years I am very proud to have been part of the growth and success of McPherson. My career with the Chamber has been rewarding, especially working with members on important initiatives and community challenges, and it has been an honor to be part of so many diverse situations. The Chamber has always played such an important role in community progress and promotion, business growth, and development of services and resources to help not only our members, but the community as a whole. The focus on collaboration and public-private partnerships has enabled us to get things accomplished as we create an environment for growth and success,” stated Burch.

When asked what she will miss the most, Burch stated, “The friendships I have developed in the course of my career will be treasured. My staff has changed over the years, and have always been appreciated, but Debbie Hawkinson and Shirley Mackey have been so supportive in the last few months and will be such an asset going forward as they keep things running smoothly in my absence. I may miss the daily interactions with everyone, but I will continue to be involved and look forward to watching the continued success and growth of McPherson.”

In accordance to the Chamber of Commerce Policy and Procedures, a Selection Committee will be organized comprised of current and past board members, Chamber members, and partner organization representatives to begin the search for a replacement.