Howard's Chamber of Commerce head to retire

April 11, 1999|By Jill Hudson Neal | Jill Hudson Neal,SUN STAFF

Michael G. Riemer, president and chief executive officer of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce for the past 15 months, has announced that he will step down Sept. 1.

Riemer, 66, a member of the chamber since 1980 and on the board since 1990, said he will stay on as CEO until a replacement is found, or longer if necessary. He also said he plans to remain an active member of the chamber after his retirement.

"There comes a time in your life when you simply want more time for yourself and your family," he said last week. "I want more time to do some things I have been putting off, especially [have] more time to spend with my wife, Louise."

Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman W. Stephen Pindell said the chamber will immediately commission a nationwide search for a new CEO.

The Sept. 1 target date coincides with the chamber's new fiscal year and installation of new officers.

Riemer, founder and chairman of Riemer, Muegge & Associates, a regional land planning and design service, said one of his goals when he was appointed was to improve communications, both internally and with the community.

During his tenure, Riemer upgraded the chamber's telephone, computer and e-mail systems, including new hardware and software.

In the past year, he directed the redesign of its Web site and changed the format of the chamber's publication from a newspaper insert tabloid to a direct mail newsletter.

Pub Date: 4/11/99

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