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Forward Janesville President Announces Retirement

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December 19, 2019


For Immediate Release

December 19, 2019

Forward Janesville President Announces Retirement


Janesville, WI – John Beckord, President & CEO of Forward Janesville, announced at this morning's Forward Janesville Board of Directors meeting that he will be retiring in the spring of 2020 after more than 19 years as Forward Janesville’s President.


The Board Is establishing a selection committee which will begin a national search for Beckord's replacement. Sherri Stumpf, Blackhawk Community Credit Union, will serve as chair of the committee.


Beckord began his Chamber career in Oskaloosa, Iowa, where he managed the Oskaloosa Area Chamber of Commerce for five years. He followed that with stops in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, working for Alliant Energy’s Economic Development Team, and a five-year tenure as President & CEO of the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce. He accepted the position with Forward Janesville in February of 2001.


Prior to his chamber career, Beckord earned a master's degree in economics from the University of Iowa before moving to Washington, D.C., where he worked for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and later for the National Association of Realtors.


“The Board of Directors thanks John for his dedication to Forward Janesville and the Janesville community over his nineteen-year tenure. His leadership has enabled a strong finish to the organization’s first 100 years and provides a great opportunity for a new leader to advance our strategies as we turn toward our next 100 years,” said Lynn Gardinier, Chair, Forward Janesville Board of Directors.


Detailed information about the position will be posted on the Forward Janesville website after January 1st. All inquiries about the position should be directed to:


Rick Richard

RD Worldwide Search & Staffing



Rick Richard, RD Worldwide Search & Staffing