The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce did not have to look very far during its four-month search for a new president.
The chamber and its board of directors unanimously named Interim President Rich Heffron to the top spot. Heffron says he plans to serve in the position for two years.
“I am honored that the board would select me to be the next president,” Heffron said. “Having served with the chamber for 22 years, I have a certain familiarity and affinity for this organization, and I believe firmly in what the chamber stands for.”
Heffron joined the DSCC as senior vice president for government affairs, a title he has maintained since 1992. The lobbyist for the state’s business sector has become a fixture at Legislative Hall in Dover, working with state lawmakers on ways to improve Delaware’s business climate.
“These are challenging times for all businesses and nonprofits in Delaware,” said Heffron. “Trying economic conditions over the last few years have forced the chamber, as well as many other organizations, to make necessary changes in the way we function.”
Early goals of his presidency include stabilization within the organization and finding new ways to turn a profit. He is confident that the chamber will be a different, better place under his leadership.
Heffron took over after former chamber president Joan Verplanck abruptly resigned after only nine months on the job. The chamber gave no reason for her departure.
“We have a lot of work to do, but I believe people will be happy with the new and improved chamber,” Heffron said.
Heffron has three adult children and lives with his wife Colleen in Hockessin.