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Midwest City Chamber president resigns

Marcy Jarrett speaks during Tinker and the Primes last month. Photo by Jeff Harrison

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon

The Midwest City Chamber of Commerce could be looking for a new leader.

Marcy Jarrett recently resigned as president of the chamber, a little over a year after she joined the organization.

Kimberlee Adams, chair of the Midwest City Chamber of Commerce, said members of the executive board accepted Jarrett’s resignation on Aug. 25. The board named Shaina Bennett, vice president of partnerships, as the interim president.

Adams said they do not have a formal plan in place to hire a new president. She said they have confidence in Bennett to lead the Chamber in the interim.

“We are very excited about Shaina [Bennett] and are going to pause for a moment and see where things lie and determine the next step,” Adams said.

Bennett has worked for the chamber since October 2020. She previously served as membership and marketing director. Bennett served as project manager for the 2022 Tinker and the Primes, the chamber’s largest annual event. She also initiated a new ambassadors group which includes volunteers that help enhance communication between the chamber and its members.

“We are so lucky to have Shaina serve as the interim president,” said Christine Martin, member of the executive board. “She has been fantastic. She is such a good leader and I think things have been running really well in this time of transition.”

Jarrett was hired to lead the Midwest City Chamber in May of 2021. She had previously served as director of Visit Enid since 2010. Jarrett had also worked in tourism industry in Norman and Lubbock, Texas as well as a previous stint with the Midwest City Chamber.

She replaced Bonnie Cheatwood who served as executive director of the chamber for more than 20 years.

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