“Experiment and discover.”
This is something Mendi Goble’s late father always told her, and a mantra she is putting into action following one of the hardest years of her life.
After 14 years as the President/CEO of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Mendi Goble has resigned her position to pursue other avenues.
“My dad always had the mantra — I even said it at his funeral — it was ‘experiment and discover,’ and I am typically not a person that likes change but he would do anything…. They were very adventurous and awesome,” Goble said. “But me, I kind of just like the status quo and think ‘The chamber is going well so let’s stay there and keep it going.’ I just know if I am going to do something like that, now is the time. I am just going to heed his recommendation and experiment and discover. Because you are never going to know.”
In addition to working with the chamber, Goble owns several businesses she says will help keep her busy, along with spending more time with her grandkids and family. However, she plans to run for Richmond City Commission, another reason which prompted her departure.
“If I am going to give (being a commissioner) what it needs and not be distracted or whatever, this is a better way to do it,” Goble said. “I have considered it for several years; it is something I have always had in the back of my mind that I would like to venture into. So, I just thought now is the time.”
If elected, she hopes the experience will yield a great two years and the future body can make some really positive changes.
Some of those changes Goble aspires to enact include economic development and downtown revitalization.
“I will get involved in my next capacity in the same way (as working with the chamber) because I believe in the chamber and helping businesses and that is one reason why I am running for city commission … I want to enact change towards economic development and downtown,” Goble said. “You know you kind of feel like in this position you see a lot of things that needed to be done, but you couldn’t do it — you couldn’t make it happen.”
Despite her departure, Goble said her work with the chamber and local businesses is something that will always be a part of her.
“It has been an honor and I literally loved every minute of it. It has been my dream job. I am going to miss it but I will never go away from it. It will always be a part of me,” she said.
Already, Goble and the board of directors are looking for someone to fill the director’s shoes. The Richmond Chamber has partnered with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce who has a service with a statewide chamber executives group who will help Richmond’s chamber along the hiring process.
The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives (KCCE) will host a national search through the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) which Goble expects will produce hundreds of applicants.
Resumes will begin to be accepted on Monday for approximately two weeks. Following Zoom and phone interviews, the Chamber’s Board of Directors will intervene and select a candidate for hire. At that point, Goble will make introductions and train the new president.