Farwell to Chuck Schlittler
By: John Latenser, FIA President
We're certainly sorry to say farewell to Chuck Schlittler who has resigned as Executive Director effective next week. He is only moving a mile south to Downtown Shareholders as their new Executive Director. We hope to still see him often in the area.
For the past 5 years Chuck has been the face and voice of the Fairfax Industrial Association. He represented all of the Fairfax businesses to our key partners at the Unified Government, KCK Chamber, BPU and many other community organizations. He attended countless meetings, forums, working groups and listening sessions to promote the interests of all of us who work or own businesses in Fairfax. Chuck built relationships with staff at all levels in the UG, and KCK Police Department that are important to achieving our goal of a safe, well maintained, industrial business district.
The FIA Board was sorry to accept Chuck's resignation but want to thank him for the great work he did over the past 5 years, and we wish him the best in his new position.
In order to insure continuity and maintain the day to day tasks of the association, the board met June 30th and approved hiring Melissa Clark as Interim Executive Director. Melissa is a longtime supporter, board member, officer, and Fairfax business owner. She is very familiar with the role of director and the issues that FIA is working on. She can step in and continue the work that Chuck was doing without missing a beat. We're fortunate that Melissa is available now during this transition.
In the meantime, the board will conduct a search for a permanent Executive Director. We'll keep you updated on that process as it unfolds.
On another note, stay tuned for news regarding the monthly luncheons in the second half of the year. Richard Sheldrake, our Executive Planner, is lining up interesting speakers, and maybe the most unique monthly luncheon FIA has ever hosted. More details will be forthcoming.
As always feel free to contact me or any board member with a suggestion, question, or concern. All of the board members are listed on the back page of the Forum each month.
Thanks to all members for your support of FIA.