Central Business Improvement Association seeks new GM

By Doug Collins
November 3, 2017 - 8:29am

KAMLOOPS — Both of the major Business Improvement Associations in Kamloops are now seeking new General Managers after the announcement yesterday that the long-time, and indeed only Manager of the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association will be leaving the post in February. 

Gay Pooler's announcement comes only a few weeks after Steven Puhallo, head of the North Shore Business Improvement Association, announced he would be leaving his post for other opportunities. Neither Pooler nor Puhallo  have announced where their next challenge will be. Pooler says she will be returning to the private sector when her resignation becomes effective in February. 

The KCBIA says the planning has been underway for the change for several months. Pooler has been involved with the KCBIA since its creation in 2002, first as a Board member and inaugural President, then as General Manager since 2004.

The application form for a new General Manager is up on the KCBIA web site. 

Pooler says "change is a positive thing, in this case for both myself and the organization, it facilitates new growth. I am looking forward to being in the private sector again, and I look back on my time with the KCBIA with much gratitude."

KCBIA President Mike O'Reilly says Pooler's commitment, dedication and passion have helped shape downtown Kamloops into what it is today.

Some of the things Pooler has helped develop include the Customer Care and Patrol Team, Alley Art Gallery, the Annual Santa Clause Parade, and the Revitalization Tax Exemption Bylaw.


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