Former executive director taking new position with Spectrum Health 

REED CITY — After seven years at the helm of the Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce, executive director Suzie Williams is moving to the next chapter in her life.

She announced her resignation on May 29, adding she has accepted a position with Spectrum Health Reed City and Big Rapids hospitals as its volunteer services coordinator. She will begin her new position on Monday, June 8.

"It's hard to leave because I've developed so many relationships with the people and businesses of Reed City," Williams said. "I'm excited to start a new chapter and learn something new with Spectrum Health. It's hard saying goodbye, but I'm excited for the change and to move forward."

She said the Spectrum Health opportunity presented itself and was hard to pass up. She thinks it's an opportunity for growth, which she believes to be important in life. Williams said she loved her position with the chamber and enjoyed being a face of Reed City for many years.

"It's hard to leave because I've developed so many relationships with the people and businesses of Reed City," Williams said. "I'm excited to start a new chapter and learn something new with Spectrum Health. It's hard saying goodbye, but I'm excited for the change and to move forward."

She said the Spectrum Health opportunity presented itself and was hard to pass up. It's an opportunity for growth, which she believes to be important in life. Williams said she loved her position with the chamber and enjoyed being a face of Reed City for many years.

"I will miss helping people and directing them where they should go in the community," Williams added. "I'll miss being in touch with the city office and businesses every day, but I will still be a part of the community and will still see everyone."

Members of the Chamber Board are saying their goodbyes this week.

"We are going to miss her knowledge of the community, the goings-on and the people," said Chamber Board President Susan Brown. "It's going to be hard to replace that."

She said it will be a challenge to fill Williams' shoes, as Williams worked with the local businesses, knew what was important to the residents and was visible, happy and had an infectious attitude while out on the job and attending events.

"We would like someone with Suzie's enthusiasm as well as strategic planning ability, someone with experiences in the community and who has a little bit of everything," Brown added. "It's such a full position and encompasses all aspects."

Moving forward, the Chamber Board has appointed Juanita Ripley as the interim executive director, and the board is accepting applications for Williams' position. Interested individuals can find more information on the seat at reedcity.org, and a committee will review resumes and choose top candidates for interviews.

"I hope the next person will develop and grow relationships with the Reed City community and surrounding communities as well," Williams said. "I want them to care about Reed City and want the best for it, promoting and marketing the city and trying new ideas."