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Aug 23, 2019 2:28 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

East Hampton's Chamber Director Is Leaving

Steve Ringel, executive director of the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce plans to return to Nashville at the end of the month.      PRESS FILE
Aug 27, 2019 1:27 PM

Steven Ringel, executive director of the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce, is heading back to Nashville, Tennessee, this week.

Mr. Ringel oversaw the introduction of three seasonal street fairs in the village, including its first Summer Festival on August 17, among a number of other initiatives over his three-year tenure.

“I’m very proud of the work the chamber has accomplished while I’m here,” Mr. Ringel said on Monday. “I know the seeds we planted ... will grow and flourish.”

Mr. Ringel, who previously was a location manager for the TV show “Nashville,” also is a professional magician and event producer, and he worked at the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce. He still maintains a home in Nashville, from which he moved in the fall of 2016, when he replaced Marina Van at the East Hampton Chamber.

“We wanted to live in paradise,” Mr. Ringel said at the time.

“It is an absolutely wonderful, beautiful community,” he said of East Hampton on Monday.

Mr. Ringel leaves East Hampton on Friday, August 30. His 10-year-old son, Dylan, started school in Tennessee on August 7, so “the pressing need was timing.”

Glenn O. Vickers II, who heads the chamber’s board of directors, said members will say goodbye to Mr. Ringel at a mixer on Wednesday, August 28, at the White Fences Inn in Water Mill. The Fall Festival is still scheduled to go forward, Mr. Vickers said, and the chamber’s monthly mixers will continue.

“More than likely, the search will be an early 2020 open call for a new executive director,” Mr. Vickers said, adding that the chamber would name “a new point of contact” within a week or so.

“I wish the chamber continued growth and that the events we’ve started together continue and flourish,” Mr. Ringel said. “I’m going to miss East Hampton very much.”

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