Chamber Executive Article Archive

Faces and Places

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The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber named Jill P. Meyer president and CEO. Prior to accepting the position, Meyer was the member-in-charge of Frost Brown Todd’s Cincinnati office where she led the firm’s business development, civic and charitable initiatives and client relations, as well as developed and managed the firm’s advertising practice. A litigator who handled a wide variety of business disputes, Meyer concentrated most of her practice on counseling and litigating advertising and media law issues.

Bruce R. Partain has been named president and CEO of the Longmont, Colorado, Area Chamber of Commerce. Partain previously served as the president and CEO of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce in Texas. He had held that position since 2001. He currently serves as board chair of the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives.

The MetroWest (Mass.) Chamber of Commerce announced that Paul Joseph will serve as the organization’s new president and CEO. Prior to joining the chamber, Joseph was the founder and CEO of Contexed, LLC.

The Salem, Ore., Area Chamber of Commerce selected Dan Clem as the new CEO. He previously served as a Salem city councilor for more than 10 years and most recently served as the legislative affairs coordinator for the Oregon State Chambers of Commerce.

Kristin Urbach is the new executive director of the North Kingstown, R.I., Chamber of Commerce. Since 2013 she had been the director of product marketing for Tunstall Americas, a global company that provides medical alert and personal emergency response systems for hospitals and doctors.

Doug Frazior, CCE, is the new president and CEO of Texas’ Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. A Certified Economic Developer, Frazior has 24 years of CEO experience in local chambers of commerce in Texas, Minnesota, Nebraska and Kentucky. He also served as executive director of the League City, Texas Economic Development Corporation.

Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce in Acton, Mass., welcomed Kathleen McDonald as its new executive director. She formerly led the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce.

The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber announced the selection of Jennifer Sugarman as president and CEO. Sugarman, who was the director of the chamber’s Convention and Visitors Bureau before accepting the new position, previously worked for the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast.

The Colleyville, Texas, Area Chamber of Commerce appointed Connie Hanner as its new president. Before joining the chamber, Hanner served as the president of the Mankato, Minn., Area United Way.

Kanette Keough-Rodgers was named president and CEO of the Collierville, Tenn., Chamber of Commerce. She will replace outgoing President Fran Persechini, who served the chamber for more than 20 years. Rodgers comes to the chamber from The Orpheum Theatre, where she served as vice president of marketing and public relations.

Julie Quintero-Schulz was named vice president of member services and community development for the Cape Cod, Mass., Chamber of Commerce. He was a senior policy analyst for former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, deputy chief of staff for MassHighway, a manager with the Regional Transit Authority, and Assistant Town Manager in Harwich, Mass.

Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, has appointed Alysia Bell, IOM, director of Education Business Coalitions for ACCE and for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, to the West Board of Regents. As a member of the board, Bell will implement the policies created by Institute’s National Board of Trustees.

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