By Dan Hust
LIBERTY October 15, 2004 Jacquie Leventoff, who for 13 years led the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce through one of its most prosperous and successful phases, has announced her resignation.
Appropriately enough, shes headed for one of the companies she helped bring to the area.
Come December, Leventoff will shed her president/CEO/executive director mantle at the chamber in Liberty and don the title director of human resources for Kohls Distribution Center in Wurtsboro.
It was an opportunity for me to grow personally, she said earlier this week.
But that doesnt mean shell be disappearing from the local scene. The Fallsburg resident plans to stay involved in most of her current community activities, and I want to make sure the chamber is well taken care of.
After all, Leventoffs proudest achievement is watching the county grow through the efforts of the chamber, which in her tenure jumped from 400 members to 1,100.
The chamber was my first love, she remarked, recalling taking the reins from former president/CEO Chris Cunningham (now Sullivan County Legislature Chair) in 1991, four years after starting in a similar position with the Monticello Action Committee, the villages chamber at that time.
And with the chambers second-in-command, Jim Law, headed out next week, Leventoff is making sure shes not going to leave any of the things undone.
The chamber is not going anywhere, she said. The chambers strong and will continue to be strong.
No doubt about that, added Arden Dean, chair of the chambers board.
In the end, the county itself may be stronger, he explained. We have a strong board.
And while hes sad to see Leventoff go, hes glad shes off to bigger and better things.
I think its great for Jacquie, he said. We cant afford to pay her what shes worth, but we are sorry to lose her.
Thanks to Laws previously announced departure, Dean said the search for chamber leader candidates is already on, and we will have someone by December.
Still, he acknowledged, its going to take a unique individual.
Leventoff is willing to help out in whatever way she can and plans to remain active in the chamber long after going to Kohls in mid-December.
Its been my pleasure to serve the business community, she said. Ive enjoyed every minute of it.