The head of the Quebec chamber leaves to lead a global group serving commercial real estate

After four years at the helm of Quad Cites Room, Paul Rumler will become CEO and Executive Vice President of CCIM Institutebased in Chicago.

The CCIM Institute is a global membership association serving the commercial real estate community through networking, technology and the industry’s standard of excellence in education, according to a statement from the QC Chamber.

“It has been a privilege to serve the Quad Cities region and to work with a talented Chamber team to help create a more prosperous regional economy,” said Rumler. “I am thrilled to join the CCIM Institute and help guide this world-class organization.”

Under Rumler’s direction, the Quad Cities Chamber:

  • Amazon lands in Northwest Davenport, the largest economic development project in QC history.
  • Expanded location creation services to include Bettendorf and Rock Island.
  • Creation of talent attraction marketing and inclusion initiatives, including Leadership QC.
  • Helped thousands of businesses through the COVID pandemic.

“We are grateful for Paul’s leadership and wish him well in his new endeavor, knowing that we have a long-time QC supporter and friend,” said AJ Loss, Chamber Chairman and CEO. of Bush Construction. “Paul leaves the Quad Cities Chamber on a solid financial footing with a solid plan for the future anchored in talent attraction and development, economic and business growth, and place building.”

Mike Oberhaus, chief strategy officer, will assume the role of interim CEO of the Chamber as a nationwide search is conducted for a new leader, the organization said. Oberhaus previously served as superintendent of Rock Island-Milan School District No. 41 before joining the Chamber in 2019.

Mike Oberhaus will become interim CEO of the Chamber.

“I am humbled and honored to serve as the acting leader of the Quad Cities Chamber,” Oberhaus said. “We have an incredible team of dedicated professionals who work every day to improve our QC region.”

“The Quad Cities Chamber is in an excellent position to find a passionate professional who can lead us into the future,” said LaDrina Wilson, Vice Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors and CEO of IMAN Consulting. “We are committed to finding the right person to represent our region and help us achieve our bold goals of growing our region’s GDP and economy, as well as engaging more businesses.”

Rumler will be in the House until mid-March. For more information, visit the Chamber website.

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