Rantoul chamber director leaves for aviation institute job
RANTOUL — After leading the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce for the past two years, Mandy Briggs will return to her first love — flying.
A licensed pilot, the chamber's director has resigned from the post to take a position with the Parkland College Institute of Aviation, where she will teach aviation courses.
Her final day as chamber director is Friday. She said she will start Monday in her new full-time position.
Briggs, 34 and a 1998 Rantoul Township High graduate, took the chamber post in July 2012 after having worked as a corporate pilot with Flightstar at Willard Airport in Savoy for five years.
The chamber of commerce has a membership of more than 200.
"I speak for the board when I say that Mandy has been a huge asset to the chamber and has helped us grow new programs and become more financially sound," said chamber board president Tim Evans.
"Mandy's innovation in creating new ideas has helped the chamber grow — starting things like the movie nights, the Kids Zone at the July 4 fireworks, the Christmas crafts for youths and more."
He said Ann Stubblefield, John Vasquez and himself, whose tenures on the chamber board end as of Thursday, have all agreed to continue, to help with the hiring of a new director.