Chamber director resigns
Sally Reinhardt steps down to pursue new job
October 17, 2007IMLAY CITY — Though she'll miss sitting in the director's chair at the Chamber of Commerce, Sally Reinhardt says she's ready to tackle a new challenge in her life.
Reinhardt, who came back on board as the chamber's executive director in 2004, will resign the post on Oct. 27.
The Imlay Twp. resident has set a new career goal as a sales rep for National Benefits, an insurance brokerage agency out of Troy. With National Benefits, Reinhardt will offer health and life insurance from a variety of well-known carriers as an independent agent.
"The bottom line is I love this community and the chamber job has been wonderful," Reinhardt says. "It's just time for a change in my life."
Bearing witness to the growth and change in Imlay City and the surrounding area, Reinhardt says, has been one of the most rewarding aspects of her stint as chamber director.
"I have met a lot of new people, many new businesses have come into town and we have a diverse business climate," she says. "The community is growing and new people want to get involved, which is just great."
She's also enjoyed working with longtime colleagues, including Imlay City Manager Amy Planck and city commissioners as well.
"Working hand-in-hand with Amy has been wonderful, she's an outstanding manager and friend," Reinhardt says. "I've also enjoyed a great rapport with the city commissioners. I'm going to miss all of them."
Asked to name a 'favorite' moment during her tenure as chamber director, Reinhardt didn't have to look back very far.
"Seeing the renovation of Third Street was fantastic," she says. "It was quite a challenge for the businesses which I fully understand, but the long term outcome is beautiful."
She's also pleased to have been a major part of the installation of the city clock on the corner of Almont Ave. and Third Street, which was donated by the Imlay City Rotary Club under Reinhardt's term as president.
"I really pushed for it and got it approved, and it all just fit in with the landscaping of the downtown area," she says. "I'm really proud to have been a part of that and to just be part of the community itself and seeing the improvements over the years."
Though she's leaving the chamber office, Reinhardt won't be too far from the community she loves. She still plans to serve on the Downtown Development Authority, to stay involved in the Rotary Club and to offer her time for committee work.
"I'm going to try my best to have everything in order for the transition," Reinhardt says. "I wish continued success for the chamber and the community. I just want the best for everyone."