Dakota County Regional Chamber president moving on; leadership search begins

Vicki Stute

Vicki Stute, president of the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, announced her resignation Aug. 1.

Under Stute’s four-year leadership, Dakota County Regional Chamber implemented its first-ever strategic plan and has grown by more than 20 percent in membership and 50 percent in total revenue. Several new programs have been added to the organization’s portfolio for member engagement including the Legislative Breakfast Series, Women’s Circle, Good Day Dakota County and Business Excellence Awards.

“It has been a wonderful experience serving the members of the Dakota County Regional Chamber,” Stute said. “I’m extremely proud of the work our team has done on behalf of the regional business community and appreciate the opportunity to work with some of the finest companies and dedicated volunteers.”

Stute’s final day at the DCR Chamber will be Sept. 30.

“A search committee, led by Cindy Haas, Gateway Bank and past chair, has been established and we will announce the engagement of a professional search firm in the next few days,” said Mark Lofthus, Dakota Electric Association and board chair.

Stute will serve as vice president, programs and business services at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. Her responsibilities will include leadership of the Chamber’s current business services, along with the creation of new programs and services. She will also be a member of the Chamber’s senior management team.

“After nearly 20 years of working for local chambers of commerce, I am very excited to share my experience and passion with businesses across Minnesota. Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is highly respected and I am honored to be part of a leading organization that works to address evolving business needs, create jobs and grow the economy,” Stute said.