The Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce is reorganized its structure, and its longtime executive director is stepping down from his position to help the chamber fulfill its mission.
Brian Ditto, who has been executive director of the chamber for almost 13 years, will step down at the end of this year.
“The chamber board has opted to reorganize in a way that essentially changes the job description from executive director to president,” Ditto said.
The model, which is used by the Baltimore and Carroll County chambers, calls for a president to lead the chamber and “utilize its volunteer leadership in an advisory capacity rather than as operational managers,” according to a press release.
The chamber board did not arrive at this decision lightly, according to ROMG Chamber treasurer Alice Reid.
“[Brian]’s a really great guy and everybody likes him a lot, but we really had to look at what was in the best interest of the chamber,” she said. “We did ask him to step down after 12-plus years with the chamber and it was not an easy decision. We looked at almost every other possibility before we came to that conclusion.”
Chamber volunteer president Brian DeLeonardo, who agreed the decision was tough, said he thinks the reorganization will make a huge difference.
“One of things I really wanted to do was make sure the chamber was doing everything it could for the members and really analyze what changes needed to be made,” he said.
Reid said the chamber has been somewhat stagnant in recent years, which is what prompted the call to change its structure. For the new role, the chamber is looking for someone with more executive and marketing experience who can aggressively grow the chamber’s membership.
Ditto is excited for the future and takes a pride in the time he spent leading an organization with such a diverse business base. Having really enjoyed the community relations part of his job, he said he is exploring his chamber network for opportunities.
“I certainly wish the chamber all the best in the future,” he said. “Organizations are always bigger, and should be bigger, than any one person, and hopefully the chamber will continue to survive and thrive well into the future.”