PITTSFIELD -- The search for a successor to Berkshire Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Michael Supranowicz is underway, and a new leader could be selected as early as March.

The position was expected to be posted on the Chamber's website on Wednesday, and the board of directors is expected to consider the finalists in February, it was announced at the Chamber's annual meeting Wednesday morning.

Peter Stasiowski, the director of the Chamber's board of directors, said the organization's "floating date" to hire Supranowicz's successor is March 1.

Supranowicz's last day with the Chamber will be Jan. 31, he said.

June Roy-Martin, the Chamber's vice president of member services, will serve as interim president and CEO until a permanent replacement is found.

Due to his position at the Chamber, Supranowicz also served as COO of 1Berkshire, the county's economic development agency. Supranowicz's successor will also fill that position, according to 1Berkshire Chairman Reggie Cooper.

Supranowicz, who has been chairman and CEO of the Berkshire Chamber since 2005, announced in October that he would be leaving the organization to become the director of business development at Hillcrest Educational Centers in February.

The Chamber honored Supranowicz at the annual meeting with tributes, gifts, and a proclamation from Berkshire County's state legislative contingent. A donation in Supranowicz's name was made to the Berkshire Community College Foundation.

Susan D. Lombard, of Dalton, who has been active in numerous community endeavors, received the 2013 Esther Quinn Award, which is given annually by the Chamber to a member of the Berkshire community who has been involved in several volunteer efforts.

The Chamber did not name a recipient for the Francis H. Hayden Award, which is presented to a Northern Berkshire County resident who has made a significant improvements to the economic, social and/or cultural improvement of eight north Berkshire communities.

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