SOUTHINGTON - Elizabeth Hyatt has announced her resignation as the head of the Southington Chamber of Commerce, with her last day on Oct. 5.
Hyatt, who succeeded Art Secondo as executive director after his retirement in 2015, said she is leaving the chamber to join a local nonprofit organization.
“After a lot of consideration, I decided that it was the best thing for me and my family,” said Hyatt, who said that the nonprofit will make an announcement soon.
Hyatt said that she wants to assure chamber members that the transition of power will be smooth and that the chamber will continue to move forward.
“A lot of good things have gone on at the chamber these past two years,” she said. “We have started a lot of good projects that I can be very proud of.”
The chamber’s Board of Directors has hired Taylor Crofton to be interim executive director, effective Oct. 2. Crofton, a lifelong resident and local business owner, is the chamber’s sales and marketing coordinator.
“On behalf of the entire board of directors, I would like to welcome Taylor to her new position and share the excitement we all feel for what she undoubtedly will bring to the organization,” said Kate Sirignano, chairwoman of the Board of Directors. “As a Southington native and fellow business owner, Taylor’s contributions to the goal of promoting our overall mission will be smart and decisive, fueled by her strong personal and professional interests. I am confident that with her collaboration we will continue to see our business environment here in town grow ever stronger and even more vibrant.”
Hyatt said she feels she has met the goals she stated on her election as executive director.
“My goal was to continue the successes that are currently in place while adding more value for members and more opportunities to be involved with the chamber and support the community,” said Hyatt. “We wanted to offer more substance to what the membership provided.”
Hyatt also oversaw the chamber’s move from its home of 15 years at Factory Square to larger quarters at 31 Liberty St., Suite 210.
Hyatt joked that she would “miss working a zillion hours,” then said that she enjoyed meeting new people during her tenure.
“I am grateful for the experiences I had with the chamber,” she said. “I am appreciative for the opportunity and proud of what we were able to accomplish.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.