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Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce President Resigns

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--  The President and CEO of the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce resigned Friday.  Mel Kent was appointed president of the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce last summer.   And now, less than a year later, he resigned.   

Kent  submitted his letter of resignation, which was effective immediately, on Friday. We haven't been able to get in touch with him to find out exactly why he resigned.  But we spoke with the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Ed Allen, who said he could only tell us this:  "Mr. Kent moved here from Michigan and sometimes when you make moves like this, it's hard to tell as you're going through the interview process what's a good fit and what isn't."

Kent's position will be temporarily filled by Lori Mattson who is currently the Vice President of Marketing and Membership. 

This all comes at a time when the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce is expanding and getting ready to move to a new location.  Allen says Kent's resignation will not effect any of that and the Tri-City Regional Chamber is in no rush to fill his position, but they are holding a Board of Directors meeting Wednesday night to get board members up to speed.

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