Delray chamber announces interim leaders


The Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce will have a team of two interim CEOs.

Board chair Cathy Balestriere, announced the installation of interim leadership team Vin Nolan and Donald Schneider following the recent resignation of Karen Granger as President & CEO on June 5.

“We are grateful for Karen’s accomplishments and years of dedicated service to this valuable organization. We wish her well in her future and look forward to her continued participation as a valued member of our community,” Balestriere said. “Together, Vin Nolan and Donald Schneider will oversee the Chamber’s day-to-day operations, as we initiate a search to find a new CEO. During this transition period, our priority is to recruit the best individual to lead us into the future, while strengthening the Chamber’s role as an effective organization serving the vital business community of Delray Beach.”

Nolan and Schneider will serve together until a permanent replacement is in place.

Nolan comes to the Chamber from the Florida Small Business Development Center at Palm Beach State College, where he was Regional Director and managed a 10-person staff providing business consulting services to small businesses throughout Palm Beach County. Prior to that, he was the Economic Development Director for The City of Delray Beach, where he provided strategic and tactical services to promote local business growth. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance & Investments from Babson College.

Schneider is a seasoned business executive who had global leadership roles at such major corporations as General Electric, Citycorp, Bertelsmann, The New York Times Company, AON and ADVO, with particular emphasis on financial services, technology, start-ups and turn-arounds. Schneider has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from SUNY and a law degree from Syracuse University, and completed an extensive executive development program at Wharton’s School of Business.