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Business Observer Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 8 years ago

Naples chamber chief to retire

Mike Reagen plans to retire as president and CEO of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce.

NAPLES — Mike Reagen, the president and CEO of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, plans to retire after guiding the organization for 11 years.

“When offered the opportunity to come here in 2002, I told chamber leaders my plan was to work 10 years, try to make a contribution that was well received, retire and be engaged with the community so my wife, Susan, and I could enjoy Naples for the next 20 years. Now, after nearly 11 years, it is time for me to begin to leave the party,” Reagen says in a statement.

Reagen steered the chamber through the boom and the tumultuous years of the economic contraction. The organization in recent years has picked up the mantle of promoting economic development in the county.

The chamber has 1,800 members who employ about 50,000 people in Collier and Lee counties. The organization plans to begin a national search later this year to find Reagen's replacement within the next 12 months.

“Mike is committed to working with us this year as we take our time in conducting an extensive and careful search to find a candidate who can build on the strong foundation that he has built,” says Michael Wynn, chairman of the chamber board, in a statement.

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