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Monday, November 25, 2013, 5:17 pm

CEO Messina leaving Napa chamber

Board appoints Brian Kelly is interim CEO

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    NAPA — After leading the Napa Chamber of Commerce for nearly two years, President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Messina announced his departure.

    Chris Messina

    Chris Messina

    “I’ve enjoyed my time at the chamber, and feel honored to have been a part of the Napa Chamber turnaround story, but I am looking forward to spending more time with my family,” said Mr. Messina.

    Mr. Messina said he would help the board of directors during the transition to a new CEO.

    “We appreciate Chris’ service to our chamber and wish him well in his next endeavor,” said Cherie Knox, chair of the board of directors. “He helped the chamber during an important period of transition.”

    Mr. Messina’s contributions to the Napa Chamber included improving the fiscal stability of the chamber, implementing a tiered dues structure, enhancing benefits and services for member businesses, rebranding the chamber and organizing the first Women in Technology and Business Conference in 2013.

    The chamber has retained Brian Kelly as consulting CEO. Mr. Kelly, a former board chair, will oversee and support daily operations and manage staff, in addition to providing necessary services at the direction of the board while the organization recruits a permanent leader.

    Mr. Kelly brings more than 30 years of community leadership to the chamber, focused on business and financial management. He has chaired 15 nonprofit boards, including the Napa Chamber in 1992. He currently works as a CEO coach and part-time CFO through his company, Brian Kelly and Associates.

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    1. November 26, 2013, 8:40 am

      by Ruth Matz

      The Chamber is in good hands with a seasoned professional who understands the needs of local business and also support employees in transition to a new way of doing business.

      This is not the first time Brian Kelly has stepped up for the local community. He also took on a similar challenge with the Conference and Visitors Bureaus (CVB) and helped it through the transition to Destination Napa Valley.

      Brian’s leadership will help take the Chamber to the next level!

    2. November 27, 2013, 12:53 am

      by GreyWhitmore

      He lasted two years? He was a disaster in Santa Rosa!!! Leaving to spend time with family, aka, fired?!

    3. December 2, 2013, 11:55 am

      by bankalchemist

      Brian Kelly has sure stepped up of late. I was overwhelmed with the Shareholder Letter of Apology regarding the loses incurred by Shareholders of Charter Oak Bank. That was about $18 million and Tax payers picked up another $27 million of liabilities that other Banks would not take when the FDIC seized the Bank. You can bet the Chamber is in good hands. I hope you are well funded.

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