Ben Haskew, president and CEO of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, has announced plans to retire. He will remain with the chamber until a replacement is found.
Haskew has served as chamber president and CEO for nearly 12 years, having come to Greenville in December 2003 following four years as director of the Florida Chamber Federation, an initiative of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. He served as president and CEO of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce from 1985 until 1995, when he assumed the president’s position of the Cobb County Chamber in Georgia.
“It’s been a real pleasure to work in this remarkable community with remarkable leadership,” Haskew said. “I’ve been fortunate to work with a great staff and dedicated volunteers; I can’t imagine a better place to wrap up one’s career.”
Chamber board Chairwoman Julie Brown, president of Godshall Staffing, said Haskew has been a perfect fit for the chamber and Greenville for more than a decade.
“Ben is a focused leader who developed several successive strategic plans with emphasis on economic prosperity, advocacy, workforce development and diversity,” Brown said. “He is a fantastic collaborator, which has been a key element not only in the success of the chamber but in added value to the community at large. He will be hard to replace.”
Chamber achievements during Haskew’s tenure include the creation of Next; the Accelerate economic development program; diversity initiatives; the Upstate Chamber Coalition, 13 chambers working together on public policy issues; and renovation of the chamber offices. The chamber also achieved four-star accreditation by the U.S. Chamber in March.
David Lominack, the chamber’s chairman-elect and market president for TD Bank, will lead a national search for Haskew’s replacement.
“We expect the process will take several months as we develop a profile for the type of candidate we desire and canvas the country,” Lominack said. “The Greenville chamber is highly regarded across the chamber industry, and we are optimistic about attracting a very strong candidate pool.”