DALLAS -- Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce Manager Rich Wolcott announced his resignation at the Chamber board meeting Aug. 23.
He will continue to serve as Chamber manager until Aug. 31.
Wolcott, who turns 68 in December, said he decided it was a good time to retire. "My wife and I think it's best I retire while I am still healthy and move on with retirement," he said.
He told the board he would be happy to serve as a mentor for the new Chamber manager. He wanted to retire now so his replacement would have time to adjust to the job before the end of the year.
Chamber Board President Ken Jacroux said a panel will be assembled to start the process of finding a new Chamber manager.
Wolcott grew up in Indiana and got his bachelor's degree in business management from Indiana University in Bloomington. He received his master's in business administration from the University of California Berkeley, with a concentration in marketing and finance.
He did marketing and business development for Corning glass. He also managed sales and directed business in western states for Air Technology Systems.
Wolcott became Chamber manager two years ago, starting right before Dallas' annual Summerfest celebration.