North Shore BIA executive director calls it quits

By Greg Fry
October 24, 2017 - 11:43am

KAMLOOPS — The search has begun for a new executive director at the North Shore Business Improvement Association.

This after current executive director Steven Puhallo stepped down this month. Bryce Herman, the president of the orgaization's board of directors, says Puhallo's final day will be Nov. 3 but notes he'll stay in touch as a resource until the end of the year.

Though Herman says Puhallo's decision to leave comes a few months earlier than the board anticpated, he says there's no hard feelings.

"Absolutely not. There are no hard feelings," Herman says. "We really truly appreciate the amazing work that Steven Puhallo has done for the organization and in many cases in organizations change is a good thing. Sometimes at the helm it forces the board to look at things in a slightly different way and that can be healthy for organizations."

So, what was the highlight during his tenure?

"In the relationships we've built with other organizations throughout the community," Herman says. "And working with them and finding those alliances. There's still work to do in that area but I think that's the direction we'll continue to look at."

Puhallo was hired in May 2013 and the search for his successor has already started.

"It has been launched and we're hopeful to backfill by the end of the year but for the right candidate sometimes you have to wait and that could be the early part of next year but the target is the end of the year," Herman said.

He adds he "has an idea" of what Puhallo is planning next but thinks "it would be best for him to announce that."

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