LAWRENCEVILLE -- Jim Maran, president and CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber, has announced plans to retire at the end of the year.
Maran, who has served as president for nearly a decade, issued a memo Thursday to the Chamber's board of directors. He called the organization a "world class leader" and praised its successes in recent months and years.
"Since September of 2003 I have been very proud to lead the Gwinnett Chamber and position it as one of the top Chambers locally, regionally, nationally and internationally," Maran's memo said. "This world recognition and status has allowed us to attract the very best personnel and leadership team, who have driven the Chamber to achieve its financial, community and business goals."
The Gwinnett Chamber services over 2,700 members, helping connect businesses locally and globally with an eye on creating jobs and wealth through economic development initiatives. Under Maran's guidance, it has been recognized as one of the top organizations in the country by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.
In October, the Chamber will receive its second Award of Excellence from the International Economic Development Council for a "multi-year economic development program for a large community."
In his memo, Maran promised to be "fully engaged" for the remainder of 2012 and to assist in what he called a "national search" for the Chamber's next president.
"(Wife) Jane and I thank you for your wonderful support and vision in making the Gwinnett Chamber and Gwinnett County the success it is today," Maran wrote. "It has been an honor to serve each and every one of you throughout the past nine years."