Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber in search of new director

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Officials of the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber are in need of a new president and CEO following an abrupt resignation of Rebecca “Becca” Martin.

But, “we’re not rushing to fill the gap,” said Becky Morella, the chamber’s personnel chairman and the leader of the search committee.

Ms. Martin resigned April 1 without notice, a little more than a year after having been hired.

Ms. Morella said Ms. Martin “didn’t go into detail. I think she wanted to pursue other opportunities. It was a bit of a surprise but we wish her the best in her future endeavors.”

Ms. Martin did not return a phone call for comment.

Ms. Martin was hired in January 2013 to replace Susan Balla, who had announced that she would retire Feb. 15, 2013. Ms. Balla had been the in the post since January 2010, when the chamber — formerly known as The Chamber of Commerce Inc.— had been formed from the union of two distinct chambers in Cranberry and the North Hills.

The search for Ms. Balla’s replacement had begun in late summer 2012. About 180 candidates were considered.

The chamber, based in McCandless, has more than 1,000 business members from northern Allegheny, southern Butler and eastern Beaver counties.

Ms. Martin has family in the Pittsburgh area and had formerly resided in Erie. She previously had worked in Austin, Texas.

Karen Kane: kkane@post-gazette.com or at 724-772-9180.

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