Cedar Springs Merchant Association Executive Director Scott Whittall announced his resignation Thursday effective Jan. 1.
Whittall sent out an email to the association highlighting its many accomplishments since its creation in 2006.
“My dedication and allegiance to our neighborhood and community will remain strong and I will continue to support this amazing organization and group of merchants who I sincerely regard as dear friends and colleagues,” he wrote.
Whittall, who has served as the executive director form the beginning, tells Instant Tea he planned to leave last year when he sold his business on the strip, Buli. But the board convinced him to stay on in his role for another year.
“Not really being a merchant, it seemed odd to be the executive director of a merchant association,” he said.
Time is also a factor in why he is leaving. Having purchased an imports business in July, in addition to a cattle business he and his partner oversee, he said he’s out of the country a lot and doesn’t have time to dedicate to the association anymore. However, he’ll still be involved in a supporting role in the community, he said.
CSMA board Chairman David Richarson will be in charge until the board decides whether or not to select another executive director, Whittall said.
Read Whittall’s full email announcing his resignation below.