Greta Stake will leave her post as executive director of the Reynoldsburg Area Chamber of Commerce Feb. 27 to head south for "sea, sun and sand."
Stake is relocating to Gulfport, Miss.
"I'm from New Orleans originally and I'm ready to move south again," she said.
That leaves a vacancy in the chamber, which board of directors member Mary Hudson said she hopes to fill this week.
"We have received quite a few very impressive resumes and should have the position filled soon," she said. "We felt it was very important to get someone who is familiar with our area and wants to stay in the area.
"We owe Greta a huge debt of gratitude for her service to the chamber for the past two years," Hudson said. "Her passion and loyalty were evident in every facet of her dealings with our members and the public."
Hudson said the executive director position is part-time, requiring about 30 hours per week.
The new executive director would be expected to, "Provide efficient administrative support to all chamber members and board of directors; help implement policies set by the board; play an active role in recruiting new members in order to generate income; manage communications via email, phone, post or in person; organize and maintain records, filing systems and computer files for all chamber information and operate the chamber's computerized bookkeeping system," Hudson said.
Stake said she moved to Ohio more than 30 years ago from New Orleans to be closer to her daughter.
"I'm ready to start all over again somewhere in the South where it's warm," she said. "I really enjoyed my time with the chamber and getting to know everyone. But I really need to see some sun, sand and water.
"I don't know what I'll do when I get there, but I feel like the move will be a new adventure for me," she said. "If I go down there and I don't like it, I can always move back to New Orleans to be with my family."
Hudson said the chamber works to provide resources for local businesses. It also serves as a means for member businesses to interact and announces events such as grand openings.
For more information go to Reynoldsburgchamber.com.
The chamber conducts business lunches each month, special networking opportunities and sponsors events such as Christmas on the Towne in Reynoldsburg.
Hudson said she and the chamber board members wish Stake well in whatever new position she finds.
"The area she is moving to is new and there is a lot of opportunity there," she said. "We wish Greta all the best."