Stimson, right, with Ed Oakley at a chamber event in 2009

Stimson, right, with Ed Oakley at a chamber event in 2009

Longtime Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce president Bob Stimson announced today he will resign after seven years in office, effective March 31.

Stimson, a former City Council member and real estate developer, started in his current role at the chamber in 2007.

Since he took office, a huge section of Bishop Arts and West Davis have been rezoned. The Oak Cliff Streetcar was conceived as an idea, funded and is now under construction. The dry ordinance on Oak Cliff was lifted and we now have beer and wine sales. Hundreds of new businesses have opened. The D-Link started running. The chamber bought a new office building on North Bishop and had it rezoned. We’ve come a long way.

My seven years at the chamber have been tremendously rewarding for me and I hope our members and others will agree that we, as a community, have grown in so many positive ways in that time,” Stimson stated in a release. “It’s been a team effort and I plan to continue being a supportive member of the team through my new business associations.”

Stimson says he plans to pursue business ventures and consulting.

The chamber is searching for a new president.