He said a company that provides golf tournament promotions, including hole-in-one insurance, contacted him about the position.
“They’re trying to get into the chamber of commerce market. He came to me and asked if I would be willing to help,” said Storey, who joined the Childersburg Chamber after working with Alabama Power Company and Vulcan Information Packaging.
“It is with a heavy heart and a lot of prayer that I am resigning as the president and CEO of the Childersburg Chamber of Commerce,” Storey said in a press release. “I love Childersburg and want nothing but the absolute best for my city. I came to work here to make a difference and improve the chamber, and I know I have accomplished most of the goals I set for the chamber and myself,” he said.
Storey cited the recent adoption of a three-year strategic plan and a one-year business plan as points of pride for himself and milestones for the chamber.
“I’m proud of how our Board of Directors has gone in the direction of recruiting strong business leaders onto the board and making good business decisions. The plans they have adopted will be a road map for whoever comes in here.
“I’m also very proud that we have moved our chamber in a direction that a chamber should be going, representing our members at the local, county and state levels. We’ve brought speakers and information to our members that have helped them to grow their businesses.
“I appreciate the opportunity to serve these eight years. It’s about our members, not about me,” Storey said.
Board Chairman Bubba Cleckler said in the press release that Storey has worked hard to bring new ideas and real results to Childersburg and to revitalize the chamber.
“With the support of the board of directors, businesses, chamber partners and many volunteers, he has turned the chamber completely around to the most positive force in the community,” Cleckler said.
“Storey’s departure will leave a big hole and bigger shoes to fill. Storey came to us with no previous chamber experience and has done an admirable job of growing and sustaining our organization. He will be missed as an executive and as a friend.”
Storey will remain in the job through Dec. 27.
“It was kind of a surprise,” Cleckler said in a telephone interview. He said the board of directors met Tuesday morning to accept Storey’s resignation, and will meet again next Tuesday to determine the process to hire his replacement.
Clecker said he wants someone in the job who can match Storey’s love for Childersburg.
“He’s got an innate love and caring for the community. He’s been a resident here all his life, and he wanted to see the best for the chamber and the community. That’s going to go a long way with me toward who we pick as a replacement, that kind of desire and commitment,” Cleckler said.
Storey said he will continue to live in Childersburg, and will represent the Maryland-based company in nine southeastern states. “I have a lot of contacts throughout the southeast,” he said.
Storey said he also plans to continue serving as a football official for the Alabama High School Athletic Association. This Thursday night, he will officiate at his first-ever state championship game, the 5A contest to be held in Tuscaloosa. He has previously officiated in three semifinal games.
Storey, 55, said he hopes to remain in his new position until retirement.
“But when God leads you, you never know where you’ll wind up,” he said.
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