Fox Cities Chamber President and CEO Shannon Full is stepping down after six years in the position.
Full will be headed to the Twin Cities area to work for Plymouth-based TwinWest Chamber of Commerce as the new president.
“I’ve been really fortunate to have led the chamber for six years in the Fox Cities; it has been nothing short of extraordinary,” said Full. “I feel blessed. The community has been truly welcoming.”
Full, a mother of two, said she’s making the career change because of her family.
The chamber has “benefitted tremendously from Shannon’s experience and dedication in her tenure as president of the Fox Cities Chamber,” according to Daniel P. Ferris, chamber board chair. “Her numerous accomplishments will serve as a framework that we look forward to building on in the coming years.”
She will stay on until the end of the year and assist with the transition, said Ferris. The chamber will form a search committee to fill the position.
Under her leadership, the chamber has seen successful implementation of its programs through the Fox Cities Regional Partnership, which launched the award-winning Talent Upload Program.
The FCRP is the division of the chamber in charge of economic development, and held the third annual Talent Upload program this fall. This career event hosted over 74 students in technical science paths from 12 different Midwest universities, linking them with leaders in the business world.
“One of FCRP’s primary goals is to help area employers meet their current needs to facilitate future growth,” said Manny Vasquez, vice president of FCRP, describing Talent Upload as a “results-driven program that provides access to in-demand, high-quality talent to some of the region’s fastest-growing companies.”
The Talent Upload program drew a combination of engineering, computer science and information students who had the chance to connect with 17 companies including Appleton Coated, J.J. Keller & Associates, and Faith Technologies.
While this program creates opportunities for students, Full sees the local companies who get to tap the pool of these young professionals as “the true beneficiaries.”
In 2015, the Talent Upload program beat out nearly 500 other entries for the Best in Show Award from the International Economic Development Council, a nonprofit membership organization with more than 4,600 members.
–By Alex Moe