A leader in the North Texas innovation scene is stepping down.
Bill Sproull, president and CEO of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce and industry trade group Tech Titans, has resigned, saying he is leaving to “pursue other opportunities.” The move is effective immediately.
“This was a good time to move on given the Chamber’s recent success in achieving a third 5-star accreditation and Tech Titans’ successful production of its 21st annual Awards Gala,” Sproull said in a statement. “It has been my honor to serve as CEO, but it is time for a new generation to take the helm.”
Decisions on new leadership coming ‘in the near future’
Both the chamber and Tech Titans’ executive committees said they would be making decisions about new leadership “in the near future” and appoint interim leaders shortly. Sproull has served as the leader of Tech Titans and the Richardson Economic Development Partnership for more than 17 years. Before that he served as president and CEO of the McKinney Economic Development Corporation, and later as VP of economic development at the Greater Dallas Chamber.
“We wish Bill all the best and thank him for his years of service to the Richardson Chamber, the City of Richardson, and Tech Titans,” said Manasseh Durkin, chairman of the Richardson Chamber board, in a statement.
The Richardson Chamber of Commerce has about 600 active members. Former chairmen of the chamber were responsible for launching Tech Titans, which has more than 300 member companies—from Fortune 500 to startup—representing around 250,000 employees.
Follows Richardson Chamber retirement last month
Sproull’s resignation marks another departure from the Richardson Chamber of Commerce. Early last month, John Jacobs, who served as executive VP of economic development, retired from the organization after 25 years.
Sproull was named Innovation Advocate of the Year at the D CEO and Dallas Innovates 2022 Innovation Awards in early January.
“I’ve seen this region grow in terms of the number of incubators, accelerators, investment funds, and collaboration,” Sproull said at D CEO and Dallas Innovates’ Innovation Awards last month. “Let’s punch it up so that next year or the year after we celebrate even more accomplishments by the North Texas region.”
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