Chamber and GO Topeka Announce New President and CEO
(Tuesday, Dec 1, 2015) Brent Boles, chairman of the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce, and Scott Griffith, chairman of GO Topeka, announced today that Matthew (Matt) Pivarnik, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Tulsa Regional Chamber, will serve as president and chief executive officer of the Chamber and GO Topeka, effective Jan. 11, 2016.
Boles said the search committee worked with Waverly Partners, LLC, a firm specializing in finding chamber executives across the country.
“The extensive search process also included input and guidance from elected officials as well as business leaders in our community,” Boles said. “Chamber staff also had an opportunity to meet candidates and provide feedback. We interviewed several highly qualified candidates, and ultimately we believed Matt’s credentials, personality and enthusiasm for our community’s progress and potential made him the ideal choice. We are thrilled to have him join us and look forward to his leadership.”
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Ichabods Around Town
(Friday, October 23, 2015) The Chamber's Ichabod is up and looking sharp in a mosaic jacket, thanks to a creative, mutual effort with artist Patricia Kahn, who created the distinctive "In the Black" Ichabod.
Her depiction is a result of an enduring collaboration between the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce and Washburn University. The character represents the university's business school graduates, who strongly affiliate with the Chamber and its member employers. White lettering on his pants have the words "pride, prosperity and progress" in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese. He clutches a large book titled "Good to Great" and his glasses reflect the broad vision of the Topeka cityscape as he steps forward.
"We are very proud to have this custom Ichabod displayed in front of the Chamber office and eager to see other statues positioned around the city in celebration of Washburn's sesquicentennial," said Curtis Sneden, interim president and chief executive officer.
Click here for a list of Ichabods Around Town.