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Greater Tampa chamber may revamp chain of command

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is considering revamping its chain of command in the wake of the resignation of Myron Hughes, its vice president of economic development.

Hughes left in February after three years to become director of alumni affairs at his alma mater, the University of Cincinnati. The job opening prompted the Committee of 100, the chamber's business recruitment arm, to consider carving out greater autonomy.

The business leaders who run the Committee of 100's board are considering having Hughes' replacement answer directly to them rather than to chamber president Kim Scheeler.

The job would also come with a newer, loftier title, Committee of 100 chairman Larry Richey said.

Changes won't be made until a consultant hired by Richey's group in January, KMK Consulting Co., issues a final report.

"We felt it was appropriate to get the best, outside expert advice," Richey said. "We're getting close to determining what we'll do."

The chamber's successful business recruitment speaks for itself, Richey said, but every organization needs to re-evaluate itself if it wants to stay viable for the next 20 years.

The Committee of 100, which is partly funded by public dollars, doubles as Hillsborough County's and Tampa's economic development arm.

Hughes, 44, has returned to the school where he played college basketball in the 1980s. He earned a business degree from the university in 1986.

"This is the city I wanted to end up in," Hughes said of Cincinnati. "Fortunately, the job opened up."

Greater Tampa chamber may revamp chain of command 05/13/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 13, 2008 11:18pm]

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