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County Chamber president Teeter says he'll resign

January 24, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

Washington County Chamber of Commerce President Fred Teeter announced Friday that he is stepping down from his post after 14 years to work at his wife's company.

"It's been a great 14 years," he said.

He going to work at JMTeeter & Associates, a growing international health and wellness company formed by his wife, Janice, in 2002, an opportunity he said he couldn't pass up.

His last day is scheduled for April 30.

During his term, the Chamber established the Hagerstown Telework Center, the nation's first federal telecommuting facility, which permitted the City of Hagerstown to develop the Elizabeth Hager Center on the square in downtown Hagerstown. The center now houses the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau showroom, an office of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and The Rhubarb House restaurant to name a few, he said.

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"Downtown wouldn't look nearly as good today without that project," Teeter said, saying that it's the project in which he takes the most pride during his tenure.

The chamber also helped privatize the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau and helped restructure the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission during his term.

A 20-year nonprofit management veteran, Teeter was the inaugural recipient of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Executive of the Year award in 2003.

Teeter said he took the job with the Chamber after hearing from a friend in Carroll County that the former Washington County Chamber president, Charles Stroh, was retiring.

He said he first became vice president of the chamber 14 years ago, and when the corporate structure was changed in 1999, he was named president.

Tim Henry, chairman of the Chamber board, said he's known Teeter for the past seven years.

"Fred has been an important part of the Chamber and its growth and vitality over the past 14 years," he said.

Henry said Teeter has left the Chamber in good financial shape.

The process to find a new Chamber president began Friday morning, Henry said. A search committee chairman was named Friday and the balance of the search committee will be determined next week, he said.

Henry said he expects this year to be one of big change for the Chamber, which will be changing not only its president, but its location.

"We're happy for him, sorry for ourselves," he said, but added that the Chamber will look at its search for a new president as an opportunity to better itself.

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