#HamOnt Chamber has a new CEO!
I am so proud today to be adding my own comments to this great news for both our city and our business community! We have a brand new CEO at the Chamber and it’s just been announced that our Innovation Factory COO Keanin Loomis will be taking over those duties soon!
Kudos to the Chamber BOD for this choice and to Keanin too for the new job!
Here`s how our local Hamilton Spectator reported on same –
“Keanin Loomis fell in love with Hamilton as soon as he arrived here in 2009.
Now he has a chance to make a difference to the city’s future as the newly appointed president and CEO of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.
Loomis, a 38-year-old former Washington, D.C. lawyer, was named Thursday to the top job of the business lobby group. He is currently chief operating officer of Innovation Factory at McMaster Innovation Park.
“I practised law in Washington for a few years but became pretty disillusioned with that life,” Loomis said in an interview Thursday. “It was the commute, the hours and the soul-sucking work. You get tired of that after a while.
“Washington never felt like home,” he added. “I’ve moved 20 times in my life and Hamilton is the first place that has really felt like home.”
Since coming to Hamilton, Loomis has been involved with founding Innovation Factory, has served on the Hamilton Economic Summit Advisory Committee for three years and for two years as chair of the chamber’s innovation and technology committee.
Loomis replaces David Adames, who left the chamber just over a month ago to take a job in Niagara Region. Since Adames’ departure, former chamber chair Richard Koroscil has been serving as interim president.
As CEO, Loomis said he’s not planning a sharp departure from the direction Adames set — he plans to keep the organization focused on the “issues of the day” including transit, the city’s “Open for Business” strategy and keeping the 168-year-old institution relevant in a new world.
“I loved the direction David was taking it,” he said. “I haven’t had many chances to flex my policy muscles, but now I’ll be able to do it from a higher platform.”
In a news release announcing Loomis’s appointment, chamber chair Louise Dompierre said the organization is getting a “dynamic” leader.
“Keanin brings to the table a range of experiences and a great knowledge of the chamber’s operations and membership. He has forged a broad network and is highly respected in the city. We were most impressed with his deep understanding of everything that is going on in the community,” she said. “Additionally, because of his energy and vision, we also get an individual who will continue to provide dynamic leadership on behalf of Hamilton’s business community.”
As you can see, ìt`s a chance for our community to be led by someone who has the skills and abilities to really lead….in itself a challenge but after getting to know Keanin over the past 2+ years, after sitting on committees with him and watching him push and cajole and empower and engage with stakeholder after stakeholder – I know he can do the job!
Just another example of how our city is moving ahead…what a great example of a smart choice for our business community, eh!Google