Southern R.I. Chamber of Commerce ED Berman to depart at end of Oct.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Elizabeth Berman, executive director of the Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, announced in a letter to chamber members on Tuesday that she will resign from her role effective Oct. 31.

Berman has served in her role since 2012. She was hired by the chamber in 2009. Berman told PBN Tuesday that she will be running the concrete coatings division of Distefano Brothers Construction following her departure from the chamber.

In her letter, Berman said that she will aid in the transition to a new executive director, noting that the chamber board of directors is currently seeking candidates.

“We are looking for someone that can continue the great work and programs we have established, someone that can energize our members and grow our organization,” Berman told PBN.

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In her letter, she also praised the chamber and its board, thanking them for their time under her leadership.

“I have truly enjoyed working for the Chamber for the past decade, and my decision to resign was not taken lightly. I will treasure the relationships I have built and am so proud of the work we have accomplished together. I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve as your executive director. This has been an amazing experience that I will cherish. I am excited for this next chapter in my professional career,” she wrote.

“Elizabeth Berman has been the face of the SRI Chamber for 8 years, and although she will be missed, we are all very excited for her as she starts her next career,” the chamber’s board of directors said in a statement Tuesday. “The search has only just begun and the Chamber Board of Directors and current Chamber staff are excited to find an Executive Director that will continue on the path of growth and value added programs to our member businesses that has been the focus over the past few years.”

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor. You may reach him at

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