The head of the chamber of commerce in the New Bedford area will move north and take on the same role at the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, its board of directors announced Monday morning.
Roy M. Nascimento, currently president and CEO of the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, will succeed David L. McKeehan, the North Central chamber's only chief executive since its founding 30 years ago.
A 16-year veteran of the chamber profession, Nascimento has served in his current role since 2006, according to a statement from the North Central chamber. Under his leadership, the New Bedford organization expanded member offerings and revitalized its advocacy, economic development and communications programs, the statement said.
The new role will be Nascimento's third as a chamber leader. He had previously led the Attleboro Area Chamber of Commerce and served as vice president at the Metro South Chamber of Commerce in Brockton.
He is also the current president of the board of the Massachusetts Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (MACCE) and is a past chair of the New England Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (NEACCE) and the MACCE Council of Chambers, the statement said. In recognition of his leadership and record of accomplishments, Nascimento was awarded the New England Chamber Executive of the Year Award in 2011 by his peers.
"This was a difficult search for us because of the high bar set by David," said Paul A. DiGeronimo, president of Geronimo Properties and chair of the chamber's board of directors. "We are thrilled and very fortunate to have met someone that can continue the chamber's momentum. Roy's leadership and accomplishments within the field are very impressive."
"I'm excited about the opportunity," Nascimento said. "Under David McKeehan's leadership, the chamber has developed an impressive track record of accomplishment and a well-deserved reputation for its level of services to members and its leadership role in supporting the region's economic growth."
The chamber said McKeehan will remain through the end of January to help Nascimento's transition.
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