Communications Chief Is Leaving Board of Trade

Marie L. Tibor, the head of communications for the Greater Washington Board of Trade, is leaving the group to lead public relations for an apartment and office building trade group.

Tibor joined the Board of Trade in 1999 and has overseen communications during a transitional period for the 118-year-old business advocacy group as the region's economy expanded with rapid suburban growth. In May 2005, the group named Jim Dinegar as its new president, replacing Robert A. Peck. Dinegar's charge was to bring more members from Northern Virginia and Maryland into the traditionally District-focused group.

Tibor said she will stay with the Board of Trade until Oct. 3 and then move to her new job at Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington.

"It was time for a change and I'm looking forward to new opportunities and it's always a good opportunity to challenge your brain in new ways," Tibor said.

Tibor's departure comes after last week's announcement that Tim Priest, the executive director of the Greater Washington Initiative, planned to step down after nine years in charge of the marketing affiliate of the Board of Trade. Priest is scheduled to leave Sept. 14 to become chief executive of a similar group in Oregon called Greenlight Greater Portland. He has roots in that region and said he appreciates its quality of life and emphasis on environmental issues.

Last year, the Board of Trade, eliminated three positions, including those of vice president of marketing and a senior systems administrator, in an effort to save about $500,000 that the group said it would put into programs and research to help increase membership and boost its mission of advocacy for regional businesses.
-- Cecilia Kang

By Mike Shepard  |  September 11, 2007; 3:03 PM ET
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