Chamber president/CEO announces retirement, plans to provide guidance post leave

Martz has served the chamber for 24 years, 14 as president/CEO

HENDERSON, Nev. – After 24 years of service to the Henderson Chamber of Commerce – including the last 14 as its president and CEO – Alice Martz announced today her intent to retire on June 30.

“I have cherished my time with this organization and its members, but I believe it is time for me to step down from my position so both the chamber and I can begin new chapters,” Martz said earlier this morning. “I feel so blessed having been able to serve the business community of Henderson in such a critical role for so long.”

Martz, who also added that she plans to provide advisory support and guidance to the chamber after her retirement date in order to enable a smooth transition as well as to fulfill her own personal enjoyment of being a part of the community, said that most of her enjoyment over the years has been her ability to work closely together with the many volunteers, community leaders and dedicated employees on numerous accomplishments for the Henderson business community.

Henderson Chamber board members have already started to emphasize their gratefulness to Martz’s commitment and her seeing through a three-month transition period while offering to continue to serve in a support capacity to the chamber thereafter.

Kirk Clausen, Henderson Chamber of Commerce chairman of the board and Wells Fargo Nevada regional president, added similar sentiments.

“Alice’s leadership over the years has been precisely what our organization needed to ensure we are relevant and resourceful to Henderson’s business community, then and now,” said Clausen. “I wish nothing other than a joy filled retirement as she has done so much for our community and continues to commit herself to helping us further moving forward into the future.”

Among a number of Martz’s accomplishments that stand out include the establishment and growth of the Leadership Henderson program, the creation of the Henderson Business Resource Center and the negotiations for the donation of the building that currently houses the chamber offices. During much of her tenure as president/CEO, the chamber was challenged with growing right alongside the fastest growing city in America and did so, evolving from an event-focused organization into a business-focused organization.

“It is the right time for the chamber and the Henderson business community to have a new vision and see this organization into the future,” Martz said.

“I have had the opportunity to work closely alongside so many great individuals over the years,” Martz said. “Most of all, I would like to thank the volunteers and the employees who have helped us serve the Henderson community throughout the years. I have truly been blessed to serve in this position for so long.”

The selection process for Martz’s replacement is expected to commence soon. Programs and services offered by the chamber of commerce will remain constant.

The Henderson Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, voluntary organization committed to promoting and supporting member businesses.

For more information on the tournament, call the Henderson Chamber of Commerce at 702-565-8951 or visit www.hendersonchamber.com.

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