BRADENTON -- Neil Spirtas, the longtime executive vice president and public policy chief at the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, is leaving the chamber after 30 years.
Spirtas, whose focus at the chamber includes government affairs, small business and tourism development, will leave his post at the end of April. He said he plans to pursue other opportunities after his departure.
"It's time to hang my chamber hat up," he said.
Holding a master's degree in community development from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Spirtas occupies the second-highest leadership position at the chamber. He serves on numerous committees with the organization, including natural resources, downtown redevelopment and transportation.
The chamber is advertising to fill his position both online and in a number of chamber of commerce association publications.
On its LinkedIn page, the chamber is seeking a vice president of public policy. The person hired for the job will supervise the chamber's executive assistant for public policy and small business. He or she will report directly to the chamber president, Bob Bartz.
Those interested in the position should contact Bartz via email at BobB@ManateeChamber.com.
Matt M. Johnson, Herald business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7027, or on Twitter@MattAtBradenton.