Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce CEO/President Lynn Wallace is leaving her position to join the Renton Chamber of Commerce, according to an email sent out Monday (Jan. 14). Wallace has served for nearly the last two years at the chamber – which serves Burien, Des Moines, SeaTac and Tukwila – with her start date being April 4, 2011. She replaced outgoing CEO Nancy Hinthorne, who retired. Wallace also served on the Board of Directors for Discover Burien, of which she is leaving as well. Prior to the SWKCC gig, Lynn served as Executive Director of the Eastern Pierce County Chamber of Commerce from 1994 to 2004, then spent six years in the local hotel industry. No word yet from the chamber on who might replace Lynn, or when the search will begin. Here’s the full text of her goodbye email:

I have been fortunate these past two years to work with a great group of people, both the volunteers and the staff of the Southwest King County Chamber. The Chamber is financially stable, the programs are moving along with great leadership and the future looks bright. An opportunity became available last month that would allow me to take my career on another path and take on new challenges. With a heavy heart I have decided to move forward and take the CEO position with the Renton Chamber of Commerce. I will continue to support the Southwest King County Chamber this month and ensure the Chamber continues the wonderful progress you have made possible this past year. The Southwest King County Chamber has so many exceptional leaders and volunteers; it will continue to be a strong voice for the business community in Southwest King County. You have two great staff members who make this a great place to work and I know they will continue to work hard and make every program in the Chamber successful. I want to thank you for the trust you have put in me at the Southwest King County Chamber and I have enjoyed every minute of my time here. I feel lucky to have met and worked with each one of you and I hope I have the opportunity to work with you in the future. My very best wishes, Lynn President/CEO SOUTHWEST KING COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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