PRESCOTT – After serving as the chief executive officer of the Prescott Chamber of Commerce for the past 12 years, David Maurer has announced that he will retire, effective Dec. 31.
Maurer made the announcement in a Wednesday, Oct. 5, press release, which stated that his remaining months with the Chamber would be “business as usual,” with the daily operations at the Chamber.
“This is a busy fourth quarter for us with events such as the Flying High Turkey Drive in November, Small Business Saturday, and the annual Christmas Parade and Courthouse Lighting Program that the Chamber coordinates,” Maurer said.
He added that his decision to announce his retirement now gives the Chamber’s Board of Directors ample time to conduct a national or regional search for a new CEO.
Also factoring into his decision to retire was the influx of new community leaders either in place now or coming into office in the near future. “With a new city manager, for example, and some of the newer members on the City Council,” Maurer said, “there’s an opportunity for the new CEO to take the Chamber to the next level.”
During the past 12 years, the Chamber has created a 501(c)(3) Foundation that has managed the financial side of the Courthouse Lighting Program. It also started a quarterly Women in Business luncheon program.
In addition, the news release noted that the Prescott Area Young Professionals was formed by the Prescott Chamber and grew quickly to be a regional entity for young businessmen and women in the 21-40 age group.
The Chamber also took back an aging Bluegrass Festival and pumped new life into it, as well as securing city and state grants to go along with local fundraising to make the festival a success.
The Chamber has also been involved politically over the years, supporting a number of ballot measures and holding candidate forums or “meet & greets” depending on the particular races each year.
Dave and his wife, Nancy, plan to retire in Prescott, noting that both are active in the community and will continue to be in the future. Maurer is on the Board of Trustees for the Sharlot Hall Museum and recently joined the board for the Yavapai College Foundation. He is also a member of Prescott Frontier Rotary Club.
Four years ago, Maurer was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, according to the news release. “It hasn’t affected my work very much, but it does make you stop and think about your priorities,” he said. The couple plan to travel and spend more time with their children and grandchildren.
Maurer began his chamber career at the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce in 1978. After 10 years, he worked for five years as development director for the Heard Museum, but then returned to chamber work as President/CEO of the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce for 10 years, before moving to Prescott in 2004 to run the Prescott Chamber.
In 2008, Maurer was recognized by the Western Association of Chamber Executives (WACE) with the Russell E. Pettit Excellence in Leadership Award.