After serving as president of the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce for 19 years, Ken Anderson has announced his retirement effective May 31.
"I just feel it's time to hand it off," Anderson said. "The community needs some new energy."
Anderson, 65, said he and his wife Carolyn have no concrete plans for the future and they are undecided whether they will stay in Marshalltown. He said the future may involve moving closer to family.
Anderson said he'll take some time to "decompress" before looking into his future plans, but he already is planning a wilderness trip to Wyoming this summer.
Anderson said he is proud of how the community business leadership has changed and broadened through his years at the chamber.
"I think the community is positioned well for a strong future," Anderson said. "Things like that don't just happen."
He also is proud of the partnership the business community has made with the school district through the Business-Education Alliance and the work the area has done to rebuild its infrastructure.
Chamber Board Chair Deb Borton said Anderson has been dedicated and committed to the chamber and the Marshalltown area through the years.
"He's been a driving force behind many community and economic development initiatives and he'll be missed greatly," Borton said.
Anderson's chamber career spans nearly 30 years and includes work in communities in Wyoming, North Dakota and Nebraska.
He has been very active in state and national chamber organizations through the years and was named the Executive of the Year by the Iowa Chamber Executives in 2004.