SOUTHINGTON – Elizabeth Hyatt has announced her resignation as the head of the Southington Chamber of Commerce, with her last day set for Oct. 5.
Hyatt, who succeeded Art Secondo as executive director after his retirement in 2015, said that she is leaving the chamber to “advance her career at a local nonprofit.”
“After a lot of consideration I decided that it was the best thing for me and my family,” said Hyatt, who said that the non-profit in question will make a separate announcement soon.
Hyatt said that she wishes to ensure Chamber members that the transition of power will be “smooth” and that the Chamber will continue to move forward in a positive direction.
“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 Southington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has currently hired Taylor Crofton as its Interim Executive Director, which will be effective Oct. 2. Crofton is the current Sales and Marketing Coordinator at the Chamber, a local business owner and a life-long town resident.
"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, chair of the Chamber 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 that she feels that she has met her goals that she stated upon being elected to the executive director position.
“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 location of 15 years at Factory Square to a larger space at 31 Liberty St., Suite 210.
Hyatt joked that she would “miss working a zillion hours” then said that she did enjoy meeting new people during her tenure. She said that she would also miss Lisa Jansson, Patti Richard and Taylor Crofton from the office and said that she hoped that their paths would cross again.
“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.