Chamber president stepping down

Jim Albert

Jim Albert

The Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce announced the resignation of president and CEO, James R. Albert.

A press release said Albert will be leaving “to allow him and his wife Denise to devote more of their time and attention on family caregiving.”

Albert, who has lead the chamber since Jan. 6, 2014, will be stepping down at the end of February 2016.

Looking back on the brief time Albert has directed the chamber, a press release from the chamber said he noted: “These past two years have been filled with many challenges and exciting opportunities, and we have made great strides to refocus and expand the role of the chamber in the community.  We increased our relationship with the City of Bristol, and many of our surrounding towns, through a greater emphasis on marketing and promotion of both the community at large as well as businesses across our region. We increased our support of local manufacturers and precision engineering companies, which serve as a backbone of the local economy. We increased our relationship with the statewide healthcare industry, and we created closer ties between educators and employers to improve our ability to train and grow the next generation workforce.”

Looking ahead, according to the press release, Albert stated: “The position of president of the chamber, as well as the staff and membership, need and deserve more time, attention, energy and focus than my personal life allows me to give right now. Therefore, it is time for me to turn the reigns of this exceptional organization over to the next team to carry the ball forward. The foundation for the future success of Bristol and the chamber is in place and I am confident the next President, along with the exceptional chamber staff, board, officers and membership, will do a great job keeping the momentum going and growing.”

The press release said Albert and his wife Denise plan to continue as chamber members and participate and support the chamber and the city in a variety of capacities following his departure as president and CEO. He and his family will continue to have an active presence throughout the Greater Bristol community, said the release.