KC chamber CEO Heeter to retire at year’s end

Jim Heeter, who has served as president and CEO of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce since 2010, will retire Dec. 31, the chamber announced Thursday.

Heeter and incoming Chamber Chair Terry Bassham of Great Plains Energy, Inc. will lead the search for the chamber’s new top executive.

During Heeter’s tenure, the chamber relocated to its current offices in Union Station, launched its “Big 5” goals for improving Kansas City and, just last week, announced its Healthy KC initiative, an ambitious plan for improving the well-being of metro area residents.

Heeter, 66, said the decision to leave the Chamber wasn’t an easy one, but that he is ready to spend more time with his wife, children and grandchildren. “I’m looking forward to this new chapter of my life,” he said in the release.

An attorney by trade, Heeter was the Managing Partner of the Kansas City office of the law firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP and served on the Kansas City Council before joining the chamber in April 2010.

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