Chamber of Commerce vice president leaving

DULUTH — The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce is searching for a new vice president of communications and publicly policy, with the eminent departure of Demming Bass.

Bass, who has worked for the Gwinnett Chamber since 2005, will replace his wife Holly as chief operating officer for the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. She is leaving the job to become the new chief executive officer of the Cobb Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“It’s a great professional move, but it’s a great quality of life move too,” Bass said, noting that the new job is five minutes from the Smyrna home he shares with his wife and twin 18-month-old daughters. “I’m definitely going to miss Gwinnett. ... It’s kind of bittersweet because I’m going to miss everyone here.”

In an e-mail to the membership, Bass thanked Chamber President Jim Maran and the business group’s board for his support.

“I am proud of our many accomplishments these past five years and the relationships that have been created along the way,” he wrote. “I will never forget my time at the Gwinnett Chamber and I am especially proud to have learned and worked with the best in the profession. For that, I will always remain grateful.”

Maran praised Bass and said he looked forward to working with him in features with the Northern Crescent of Chambers and the Regional Business Coalition, when Bass begins his new role Dec. 15.

“Demming has been a major contributor to the success of the Gwinnett Chamber,” he said in an e-mail to Chamber members. “His leadership and vision have been admirable.”

While the group plans a “global search” for Bass’s replacement, Maran said the move will also allow the Chamber’s management to review its organizational structure.