Former Bank of Clark County president and chief operating officer Kim Capeloto has been appointed interim chief executive officer of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, effective Aug. 18.
Current chamber CEO Beth Quartarolo announced her resignation in mid-July. Her last day will be Aug. 15.
Capeloto departed the Vancouver-based bank in June. He will serve in the interim position until a new CEO is named by the chamber's board of directors, which is forming a search committee to recruit for the job.
Capeloto said he was contacted by the chamber board about the position and decided it was a perfect fit.
"Certainly for me to be able to interact with the business community every single day is perfect," Capeloto said Thursday. "It's what I've been accustomed to and I'm ecstatic."
As for whether he is interested in the permanent position, Capeloto didn't say yes – but he didn't say no.
"I've not seen the permanent position job description, so we'll wait and see," he said. "I think my premise has always been to stay active in the community and stay active with businesses and business owners in Vancouver and Clark County. This interim position allows that."
Capeloto has 27 years of experience in the retail and financial services industry, including more than 20 years in management. He currently serves as the board chair of Identity Clark County, is president of the board of the School of Piano Technology for the Blind and is a board member for both Junior Achievement and the Washington State University Diversity Advisory Board, according to the chamber.
Quartarolo is leaving the GVCC to work for the Oregon Primary Care Association, a Portland-based nonprofit health care advocacy organization for low-income and at-risk children and adults.