BERLIN — The board of the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce has named Edward Larson as the interim successor for outgoing President Bill Moore.
Chairman Joseph Choquette III announced both developments Monday, describing Larson, a veteran board member, as an obvious short-term solution.
“Ed (Larson) knows the finances, he knows the staff, he knows the programming. It just seemed like a logical fit,” Choquette said, citing Larson’s past service as executive director of the Vermont Forest Products Association and the Barre Granite Association, and his services as coordinator of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
“We are very fortunate to have somebody available with Ed’s experience in association management, knowledge of the area and existing relationships to carry on the important work of the chamber while we search for a new president,” Choquette said.
Choquette said the board has formed a search committee that has been tasked with filling the position by late fall.
Though Moore’s three-and-a-half-year run as chamber president won’t end until July 12, Larson is scheduled to start work July 1.
“We want to make the transition seamlessly,” said Larson, who was on the team that hired Moore in January 2016.
A professional consulting forester, Larson lobbies the Legislature on behalf of organizations including the Vermont Forest Products Association. Now that the Legislature has adjourned, Larson has a more flexible schedule and said he could commit to filling the interim post.
“The stars aligned and the timing worked,” he said.
Larson has been a member of the chamber’s board for six years and has served as its secretary and treasurer for the past five. He said he was offered the interim job late last week and accepted it over the weekend.
“I’m a firm believer in the importance of the local chamber to the health and vitality of the central Vermont business community, and I look forward to helping the organization remain strong while we search for a new leader,” he said.
Larson said the committee that will conduct the soon-to-be-launched search was selected during last week’s board meeting. He said he looked forward to assisting that group as it worked to fill the position, keeping the chamber running smoothly in the meantime.
Choquette said he was confident Larson could ably fill in for Moore.
“The chamber is in good hands,” he said.
Larson has been active in the Central Vermont Economic Development Corp and the Montpelier Housing Authority and is a former member of the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission.
In the run-up to his last day on the job, Larson said Moore would be splitting time between the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce and the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce in Connecticut, where Moore will be working full-time after July 12.