WYOMING \u2013 Shawn Reese announced his resignation yesterday as Wyoming Business Council (WBC) chief executive officer. Reese did not set a specific date for the end of his tenure as head of the state of Wyoming\u2019s economic development agency but said it will be by the end of the year.\r\n\r\nThe Cheyenne native and University of Wyoming graduate plans to prioritize time with his family, who has recently moved to Laramie.\u00a0His wife, Amiee, is newly employed with the UW Foundation as a director of development.\r\n\r\nReese rejoined the WBC in June 2014 as CEO after serving as former Governor Matt Mead\u2019s policy director for 3 1\/2 years. He said this is an opportune time for change personally, and at the agency\u2019s CEO level.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe Wyoming Business Council has never been more ready to take it to the next level,\u201d he said.\r\n\r\nGovernor Mark Gordon is a non-voting co-chairman of the WBC board. He added, \u201cShawn and I have worked together since my time as treasurer and I have always appreciated his steadfast leadership. His work at the Business Council, particularly in reforming the Industrial Development Bonds program and establishing the Economic Development Large Project Program, has been terrific. We appreciate his contributions to Wyoming and eagerly await his next step.\u201d\r\n\r\nWBC board cochair Megan Goetz said Wyoming\u2019s greatest resource in economic development well may be its people and Reese was a prime example of strong intellectual capital.\r\n\r\n\u201cShawn has been the ultimate model of this resource through his steadfast consistency, loyalty and dedication to the Wyoming Business Council for 15 years. We are so appreciative of the efforts led by Shawn at the WBC and wish him all the best in his new ventures,\u201d Goetz said. \u201cThe future is very bright, thanks to Shawn.\u201d\r\n\r\nReese twice held leadership roles during critical moments in the WBC\u2019s 21-year history.\r\n\r\n\u201cI offer my sincerest thanks to the wonderful, hardest-working, and most dedicated staff I could ever have hoped for,\u201d Reese said. \u201cI am grateful to Governors Mead and Gordon and the Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors for allowing me to steer this big and important ship. We have done great things. Thank you to all the friends and partners from across the state who have guided me along the way.\u201d\r\n\r\nBoard cochair Goetz said she has talked with Governor Gordon and the two will work with the board to develop a process for hiring a new CEO, including the establishment of a search committee.