Longtime Vermont Chamber President Christopher Barbieri Resigns to Become Pacific Rim International Trade Liaison

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Longtime Vermont Chamber President Christopher Barbieri Resigns to Become Pacific Rim International Trade Liaison

Wed, 04/16/2003 - 8:00pm -- tim

Vermont Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Carl Spangler announced on April 15 that Christopher Barbieri, Vermont Chamber President, is resigning his position effective November 1, 2003.
Barbieri has been the leader of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce for 33 years. “It is with mixed emotions that I admit that as time moves on, there are other experiences and interests I want to pursue,” Barbieri wrote today in an open letter to all Vermont Chamber members. “With my years of experience, I look forward to expanding economic opportunities for Vermont in the rapidly growing regions of Asia and the Pacific Rim.”
Barbieri will be relocating to Shanghai as the Vermont Chamber’s International Trade Liaison in Asia. He will be responsible for fostering trade relations between Vermont businesses and businesses from Taiwan, Mainland China, and Hong Kong.
Vermont Chamber Board Chair Carl Spangler stated: “It is with deep regret that I accept Chris’ resignation. In his many years of dedication, Chris has grown the Vermont Chamber to be what it is today: the leading statewide business lobby, the organizer of the largest business trade show in Northern New England, the dominant voice of the travel and tourism industry, and the force behind the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Business Education Partnership. He has shown tireless determination in developing a powerful international trade effort.”
Barbieri stated that he is “especially proud of the growth in members, resources, and programs that together we have developed over my many years as President.” He thanked the Vermont Chamber voluntary leadership team of officers and Board of Directors, the outstanding staff, and Vermont Chamber members.
“This is an opportunity that I have dreamed about for a number of years,” Barbieri concluded.
A national search for a new President will soon be underway.