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Corbin retiring from chamber, Teel appointed president

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Picture here at the May 2018 Pitt County Business Expo, it was announced this week that current Greenville-Pitt Chamber of Commerce President Leo Corbin in retiring and Kate Teel has been appointed to the position.

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The Daily Reflector

Saturday, January 12, 2019

A leadership change has kicked off the new year for one local chamber of commerce.

Leo Corbin is retiring as president and chief executive officer of the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce effective March 1.

On that day, Kate Teel — currently the organization’s vice president — will assume leadership of the organization of more than 900 businesses, individuals and community institutions.

“It has been an absolute honor and a pleasure to serve our community through the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce, Corbin said. “Serving as president of the chamber has been a rewarding experience and a highlight of my professional career.”

Corbin has been involved in chamber activities since the late 1970s when he moved to Greenville to work at Proctor and Gamble. He served in various leadership positions during that time, including chairman of the chamber’s board of directors in 2015.

He was appointed interim president in mid-2016 after the previous president, Scott Senatore, left for Vidant Health Foundation. Corbin was named chamber president in August 2016.

During his tenure, the chamber maintained its status as the only five-star accredited chamber in North Carolina.

In addition to his role as chamber president, Corbin also served on the boards of various community organizations, including Uptown Greenville, Pitt County Committee of 100, Parents for Public Schools-Pitt County, and Pitt County Educational Foundation.

“Through the chamber’s continued focus on business success, strategic economic growth and community development, your chamber is uniquely positioned to provide strong leadership for years to come,” Corbin said. “I want to thank the great boards of directors, committed volunteers, dedicated staff and engaged membership base for allowing me to be a part of the advancement of our community, region and state.”

An East Carolina University graduate, Teel joined the chamber in 2016. She previously worked as a collections technician with the city of Greenville.

She expects to complete the Institute of Organization Management of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce this year.

During her tenure with the chamber Teel oversaw and organized the chamber’s annual Leadership Institute and Teen Leadership Institute programs. She also oversaw the Young Professionals of Pitt County, conducting committee meetings and planning and overseeing the group’s events and fundraisers

“I love this community, eastern North Carolina and the chamber,” Teel said.

“I am passionate about what I do and it is an absolute honor and privilege to serve in this new role,” she said. “The success of our chamber is a direct result of the tremendous leadership Leo has provided and I look forward to following in his footsteps.”

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