Chamber president to retire at end of year
Tom Dayvault, president & CEO of the High Point Chamber of Commerce, will retire from his post at the end of the year.
Dayvault, who has led the chamber since December 2001, informed the Board of Directors of his decision Wednesday.
“No pun intended, being here has been the high point of my Chamber career,” noted Dayvault, who has led chambers in North Carolina for 32 years. “I’ve always felt like I had the best job in the world — working alongside dedicated and caring people who love their community and give because they want to — not because they have to.”
Dayvault is credited with initiating numerous programs and projects. He has been an advocate of regionalism as an author of Chamber3 and a champion of the Triad Chambers Group, where he currently serves as co-chairman. He was a primary author of the first Triad Legislative Agenda.
Dayvault is one of only two people in state history who has twice been voted by his peers as Chamber Executive of the Year in North Carolina and is a past President of the North Carolina of Chamber of Commerce Executives. He has received numerous awards over his Chamber career to include the “Order of the Long Leaf Pine” from Gov. Jim Martin.
Under Dayvault’s leadership, the chamber has received accreditation with distinction from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce twice. Dayvault has also served on committees with the American Chamber of Commerce where he was awarded the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) designation, the top award in the Chamber profession. He has always ensured that High Point is “at the table” on regional, state and national issues. Dayvault has chaired the Board of Regents of the U.S. Chamber Institute program at the University of Georgia, training Chamber professionals throughout the Southeast.
The High Point Chamber experienced a complete image transformation over the last decade. Under Dayvault’s leadership, a new logo was designed along with a strategic plan, new mission statement, new tiered dues structure and numerous programs. The hallmark was definitely the new Business Vision Center that now allows the Chamber to host statewide events.
“Tom has elevated our Chamber to new heights,” noted Owen Bertschi, 2009 Chairman of the Board. “Because of his leadership, the High Point Chamber is known and respected throughout the Carolinas and our nation.”