Chamber of Commerce chief to retire Dec. 31

After 27 years at helm, Utz, 64, say's she'll go to college, travel

July 20, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

After leading the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce for 27 years, Helen Utz says the time has come to make a change. She plans to kick off the new year in a new occupation -- college student.

The 64-year-old Smallwood resident announced yesterday that she will retire Dec. 31.

"I plan to get my associate's degree at Carroll Community College," said Utz, the widow of Harrison Utz, former judge of the Orphans' Court. "I'm going back to school for my own fun. I have no plans to start a new career."

In addition to her studies, Utz plans to visit Rome and see the pyramids of Egypt.

Those who have worked with Utz over the years say she will be sorely missed.

"Helen is probably the absolute best executive director that any county chamber of commerce could have," said Paul D. Denton, president and chief operations officer of Maryland Midland Railway Co. He has counted himself among the 700 members of the chamber for 12 years.

"She has the ability to sell ice to Eskimos," Denton said. "Her personality and demeanor are just wonderful. She's been a great advocate for Carroll businesses."

The chamber is seeking an experienced executive to lead the organization into the 21st century. Anyone interested in the position should send a resume to the Executive Search Committee, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 871, Westminster 21158.

The successful applicant will have strong communication skills, an understanding of information technology and the ability to establish and achieve goals while working within budget limitations, the committee said. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

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