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St. Petersburg chamber CEO Chris Steinocher to take medical leave

The chamber’s executive committee approved a short-term leave starting this holiday weekend.
St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive officer Chris Steinocher, shown here at a news conference in 2016, told chamber members Friday he is taking a short-term medical leave to be treated for prostate cancer. (Times files)
St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive officer Chris Steinocher, shown here at a news conference in 2016, told chamber members Friday he is taking a short-term medical leave to be treated for prostate cancer. (Times files) [ LANCE ARAM ROTHSTEIN | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Aug. 30, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive officer Chris Steinocher told chamber members Friday he is taking a short-term medical leave to be treated for prostate cancer.

“It’s going to be okay,” Steinocher, 55, told chamber members in an mail. “We caught it early, allowing Juli (his wife) and me plenty of time to seek out the best path for a long healthy life.”

Steinocher has led the chamber for 8½ years. In his absence, he said chamber chairman Bill Kent will continue to lead the organization’s board and vice president of finance and administration Elizabeth McMurray would lead the staff.

“I’m confident our amazing team and our dedicated board will keep our efforts moving forward,” he said.