SOUTHINGTON - Taylor Crofton has announced her resignation as executive director of the Southington Chamber of Commerce after two years with the organization.
“While it has been my pleasure and privilege to serve the Southington Business Community and I will certainly miss the many relationships with Chamber members, I am seeking a role where I can use my creativity, business managerial acumen and relationship building skills within a more personally aligned environment,” said Crofton. “I am proud of establishing, in a short time, new organizational systems in place, new transparent direction for the Chamber and a modern day focus for the whole of the membership. I wish nothing but the best for the Chamber organization.”
Dawn Miceli, the new chairman of the chamber, said that she and the rest of the Board of Directors will be managing the day-to-day operations and special events of the chamber as it looks to hire a replacement.
A hiring committee is being formed to oversee the process.
“We wish Taylor well in her future endeavors,” said Miceli.
Crofton, who previously served as interim director of the Chamber after the resignation of her predecessor Elizabeth Hyatt, was appointed to the full executive director in Jan. 2018.
Crofton said at the time that her goal was to keep the essence of the town while adapting to the “ever-changing needs of local businesses and the community.” She said that she was committed to the growth and success of area businesses and promoting a friendly community to live in.
“I’m confident in my ability to grow and improve the chamber’s already established programs,” said Crofton at the time. “I hope to use my skills to create new, enriching experiences for the entire Southington community and its businesses.”
Miceli said that Crofton “jumped in with both feet” after she assumed leadership of the chamber.
“She was very helpful in putting together organizational efforts with the chamber,” said Miceli. “She really helped put the chamber in a good place to move forward.”
The following is the resignation letter sent by Crofton to chamber members Tuesday night:
“Dear Chamber Members,
Many of you may have heard by now that I have resigned effective, May 1st. While not an easy decision for me to make, it is the best decision for me.
Thank you for welcoming me into the Chamber almost two years ago. I have enjoyed my time getting to know our business community on a deeper level and making genuine connections with many of you.
In just a short period of time, I feel that together we have positively impacted many corners of the Chamber. My hope is that you will continue to thrive and focus on building all the enhancements and modernizations needed to grow as a powerful business community.
I leave my position feeling confident in having laid strong groundwork for continuing to build a strong membership and supportive business contingency.
I look forward to crossing paths with many of you going forward and sincerely wish you all success and happiness in your endeavors.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.