Gilroy Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mark Turner, candidate for mayor of Morgan Hill, announced on August 26 that he would step down at the end of the year after nearly a decade at the bar.
Turner said that although the election won’t take place until Nov. 8, his announcement allows the chamber’s board to begin the search for a replacement.
During Turner’s nine-year tenure, the Gilroy Chamber became known for events such as the Garlic City Car Show, the annual Legislative Summit, and the Mayor’s annual State of the City Address.
The chamber has also taken positions on local, regional and state issues. For the past two years, Turner has also served as chairman of the Silicon Valley Chamber Coalition, which includes 18 other chambers of commerce in and around Silicon Valley.
In 2020, he was awarded Gilroy Chamber Executive of the Year by the Western Association of Chamber Executives, the largest state or regional association of chamber executives in the United States.
“I have enjoyed every minute of my time at the chamber and serving this community,” Turner said. “I was honored to know and work alongside so many great people. As my heart calls me home to Morgan Hill, where I lived for 30 years, I will always be grateful for my time here.
The chamber board will begin the search for Turner’s replacement.
“Mark has played an important role in many aspects of community development and corporate advocacy over the past nine years,” said Carlos Pineda, Chairman of the Gilroy Chamber Board. “His dedication, commitment and enthusiasm are not easily matched.”