Shannon Full announced today (Dec. 8) she is resigning as the president and CEO of the Fox Cities Chamber to take a position closer to her family in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
“I’ve got a great opportunity in the Twin Cities,” Full said in a phone call with Insight. “It’s been a taxing career to have with two young children. The main driving factor for us is the concentration of a support system for us in the Twin Cities.”
Full has accepted as position as president of the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce in Plymouth, Minn., representing 700 businesses and 3,000 business leaders in the western suburbs of Minneapolis. She starts in February.
In a news release from the Fox Cities Chamber, Daniel P. Ferris, chairman of the board of directors, said the organization is thankful for Full’s six years of service at the Fox Cities Chamber.
“We have benefited tremendously from Shannon’s experience and dedication in her tenure as president of the Fox Cities Chamber,” Ferris said. “Her numerous accomplishments will serve as a framework that we look forward to building on in the coming years.”
In recent years, the Fox Cities Chamber has achieved successes such as the formation of the Fox Cities Regional Partnership, the launch of the Talent Upload program, which was awarded the Best in Show Award from the International Economic Development Council, and a renewed focus on programming to attract and retain young professionals in the area.
“While it has been so fulfilling, both personally and professionally, to live and work in the Fox Cities for the last six years, this move is the right decision for my family,” Full said. “I’m very proud of the work that the Fox Cities Chamber and the Fox Cities Regional Partnership have done and I’m honored to have been a leader in that work.”
In her interview with Insight, Full called her decision to leave the Fox Cities “bittersweet.”
“I absolutely love this community and I love my internal team; they are amazing,” Full said. “I don’t think we would have had the outcomes that we have had without their support. We could never have transformed the young professionals initiative or launched the Talent Upload initiative — which won international recognition — without the community truly rallying behind us.”
A search committee will be formed to recruit a successor.