Update: Head of Downtown Pittsfield Inc. resigns
PITTSFIELD - Pamela M. Tobin has resigned as the executive director of Downtown Pittsfield Inc. to pursue other business opportunities, according to the organization.
Tobin, DPI's executive director since February 2012, will remain with the organization until Friday, June 13. Her assistant, Kristine Hurley, will handle Tobin's duties until a replacement is found.
Downtown Pittsfield will begin a search for Tobin's replacement next week, according to Kate Maguire, the president of the nonprofit organization's board of directors.
"I really wish her well," Maguire said of Tobin. "We've lost a lot of professionalism that she brought to the position."
Founded in 1983, DPI is an association of businesses, downtown property owners, residents, cultural institutions and nonprofit organizations with the goal of promoting economic activity in downtown Pittsfield. It is located at 33 Dunham Mall.
According to Downtown Pittsfield, Tobin is leaving to join her family full-time in business development as an independent consultant with an international health and wellness company.
"She's ready to move on to her business that she's been developing, I think, with her husband," Maguire said. "She probably thought that now was a good time. I think she's done tremendous work, and is excited to work on the next chapter."
A native of Troy, N.Y., Tobin replaced Yvonne Pearson, who had served as executive director for 15 years before retiring in 2012. Tobin has more than 30 years of experience in business-related functions in both the public and private sectors, and had served as an independent consultant for businesses and organization for 2 1/2 years before joining DPI.
Tobin did not return a telephone call seeking comment.
In a statement released by Downtown Pittsfield, Tobin thanked the organization for the opportunity.
"I am grateful for all of the opportunities bestowed upon me by the [Downtown Pittsfield Inc.] board, our constituents and colleagues, especially to truly lead all involved to strategically be an economic engine in the community we serve," she said.
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