The executive director of the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce has resigned to pursue another employment opportunity.
Sharon Horbyk, who has led the chamber the past two years, announced her decision at last night’s board meeting. She has accepted a new position with eBOARDsolutions, a company that provides innovative technology and services for school boards across the United States.
Horbyk was hired as chamber director March 25, 2010, and began working in a full capacity 18 days later. Her last official day with the chamber will be April 5.
“Over the past two years, Sharon has led and grown the Houston chamber to a level that the current board has not seen,” said Bill Bridges, president of the board of directors. “A growth of over 30 percent in membership numbers has helped make our organization stronger than when her time began with us. With mixed emotions, the board of directors accepted Sharon’s letter of resignation, and we wish her the best of luck in her future ventures.”
Horbyk said her new career path allows her to pursue her personal mission in life: “ to cause good things to happen for the children of Missouri.”
She will be a liaison between EBS and school board across the state. It’s an ideal position for Horbyk, who is the vice president of the Houston R-1 Board of Education and has served five years on the board of directors of Missouri School Boards’ Association.
“Sharon brings the insight and experience of both a local school board member and an MSBA state officer to the position with GSBA and eboards. She is in a perfect position to assist school boards in their critical leadership responsibilities,” said Dr. Carter Ward, MSBA executive director.
Through her work with MSBA, Horbyk developed a friendship with Diane Sandifer, who is now the account team manager of eBOARDsolutions. Sandifer reached out to Horbyk when the company began looking for a candidate to lead their efforts in Missouri.
“I am excited about working with Diane and the entire staff of eBOARDsolutions as well as the many friends I’ve made during the past 15 years at Missouri School Boards’ Association and throughout Missouri’s public schools,” Horbyk said. “Having friends and acquaintances in public education throughout Missouri and beyond will be a great benefit as I begin this new career.”