Cathy Burwell, President and CEO of the Helena Area Chamber of Commerce, retires | ABC Fox Montana Helen

HELEN, Mont. –Helena Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Cathy Burwell announced her retirement on Wednesday.

Burwell’s last day will be April 29, and in the meantime, she will be looking at cambering turnover toward new leadership.

“In the spring of 1999, I received a call that would change my life and my career. Being selected as President/CEO of the Helena Area Chamber of Commerce was and has been the honor of a lifetime. From then until now (23 years), I have greatly enjoyed my service to the Helena Chamber and to this fantastic community. I have been extremely fortunate to have worked with many talented and qualified staff members over these 2+ decades – each of these team members had something special that made them essential to the success of the Chamber” , Burwell said.

Currently, the chamber council is beginning the process of selecting the next leader. Details on the research will be released soon by 2022 President Byron Stahly, according to Burwell.


You can read the full message from Helena Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Cathy Burwell below:

In the spring of 1999, I received a call that would change my life and my career. Being selected as President/CEO of the Helena Area Chamber of Commerce was and has been the honor of a lifetime. From then until now (23 years), I have greatly enjoyed my service to the Helena Chamber and to this fantastic community. I have been extremely fortunate to have worked with many talented and qualified staff members over these 2+ decades – each of these team members had something special that made them essential to the success of the Chamber.

I’ve also been blessed with amazing board members, phenomenal volunteers, and the experience of working in Montana’s largest community! I would like to thank each of our members for their continued support. To say that I enjoyed my time at the helm of this great chamber is an understatement.

Yet ultimately all good races come to an end, and today I am announcing that I will be retiring and the end of my term as President/CEO of the Helena Area Chamber of Commerce will be on April 29, 2022. In the meantime, I will ensure that the chamber transitions to new leadership in a prepared and timely manner. I am confident that the excellent board in place at the chamber will ensure the selection of a great new CEO who will lead to even greater achievements and excellence for the chamber.

As I make this announcement, the board of directors of the chamber is beginning a proper process to select the next leader who I am sure will keep the chamber relevant and essential to business. Details of the research will be released soon by 2022 President Byron Stahly.

Thank you all for the great honor of leading the Helena Chamber.

Cathy Burwell, President and CEO

Helena Area Chamber of Commerce

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