Shenandoah chamber director resigns

Cheri Wright

After two years as executive director of the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce, Cheri Wright has resigned, effective immediately.

A native of Minneapolis, she said she holds no ill will for the chamber and doesn’t know what her next step will be but plans to stay in the area.

“I just think the chamber is going in a different direction than I had planned,” she said. “But they’re doing spectacular things and I hope they continue to prosper, there’s no doubt that they will. They’re a great organization and I wish the best for them. Their board and I don’t see eye to eye and in order to not hurt the chamber in any way it was just best for me to go on my merry way. … I’m leaving my options open. I’m really excited about the whole adventure of it all. You never know where I might turn up.”

She said that while she and the chamber may not have agreed, she’s proud of what she accomplished during her tenure.

“I think that the county chamber has worked hard creating a lot of partnerships,” she said. “I was really excited about working with the entrepreneur cafes that they did this past year. I think I’m leaving the chamber a lot stronger than it was two years ago and I think they’re moving in a positive direction and I hope that they continue that.”

She said that she’s known she would resign for “a little while.”

“I’ve known for a little while but it just kind of came to a head within the last couple weeks,” she said. “I just don’t want to hinder the direction that the chamber thinks it needs to go, so it was best to step down.”

Mike Ashley, chamber president since January, said Wright’s resignation was not something he was expecting.

“She had sent us a resignation and we said OK. I didn’t understand it. Me and her worked very close together. … I did not suspect that.”

Ashley said he’s unaware of the differences in opinion that Wright mentioned, but said he wishes her the best, saying she had “a great passion for the job.”

“We are doing exactly what we’ve always done. We haven’t had any change in our board. We have an enormously good team on the board. … There’s a lot of things going on. The drive is still there.”

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com.