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Squier retiring from CBICC

Search begins for replacement

STATE COLLEGE — The Chamber of Business and Industry and the Centre County Industrial Development Corp. announced that longtime president and CEO Vern Squier will retire late this year.

The timing of his departure is dependent on search outcomes. Squier will play a key role ensuring a smooth transition. A national search for his replacement is underway.

Squier joined the Chamber of Business and Industry in Centre County in 2011, and worked to increase the organization’s capacity to serve chamber members, CCIDC projects/programming, and worked collaboratively with other key leaders and groups to position the broader community and region for success into the future.

“On behalf of the CBICC, I want to thank Vern for his vision and efforts to move this organization forward,” said John Sepp, CBICC board chairman in a statement. “Vern has been repeatedly challenged during his tenure to find ways to move the CBICC, and more importantly the community at-large, forward and he consistently rose to the challenge.

“Throughout his decade of service, Vern helped guide and grow the CBICC as the go-to organization serving our business community and the region as a whole. With extraordinary volunteer leadership and an outstanding staff, Vern helped raise the profile and effectiveness of the organization both within the region and the state.”

“It has been my pleasure to serve our members and all of Centre County for these years. The timeline of this announcement was influenced by a desire to give this great organization ample time to effect a dynamic and productive transition,” Squier said in a statement.

The CBICC has formed a search committee, led by Ted McDowell, past chairman of the CBICC board.

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