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.”
Boles said Topekans who participated in an inter-city visit to Tulsa in 2014 had met Pivarnik then and were impressed by his professionalism and ideas, particularly as they pertained to economic development, recruiting and retaining young professionals and enhancing quality of life through entrepreneurial and recreational efforts.
“It’s fantastic to think that he will be joining us and applying the expertise he gained through Tulsa’s transformation to our city,” said Boles.