SANTA FE — The president and CEO of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce is stepping down after 15 years at the helm.
Simon Brackley, who started with the Chamber in 1998 and was named its president in 2004, said the time was right for him to move on and that he wants to spend more time with family and traveling.
“I have some adventures and home projects planned, a stack of books to read, some road trips to take and I’ll finally have time to read the New Yorker all the way through,” he says in a letter to chamber members Tuesday, adding that the local economy is strong.
Bridget Dixson, the chamber’s vice president, will take over the reins and be promoted to president on Nov. 1.
“Association management is a uniquely rewarding career, and it’s been a pleasure and honor to work with local businesses, volunteers and elected officials to grow the local economy and welcome guests from all over the world,” Brackley said. “Bridget Dixson has been a fantastic Vice President and the Chamber is in good hands.”
Brackley said that over the past 15 years the chamber has grown its membership, maintained good relations with elected officials and is in good shape financially. The chamber now has 800 business, non-profit and individual members.
Tall and with a British accent, Brackley has been a recognizable figure in Santa Fe. He often spoke at public hearings before city committees on matters concerning economic development and served on city committees himself, including serving as chair of the Economic Development Review Committee and the Northern New Mexico Air Alliance.
Brackley also hs served a past board chairman of the New Mexico Chamber Executives Association and a board member for New Mexico First, the non-partisan public policy organization.
“He has done a fabulous job leading the Chamber to excellence,” Jeff Szabat, the chamber board’s chairman, said of Brackley.
“I look forward to working and growing with Bridget in her new role as the Chamber’s President. Her high level of passion and enthusiasm will take the Chamber and its members far.”