Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce / The Chason Group
Overview . The Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce, based
in Valdosta, Georgia, has retained The Chason Group to lead an
executive level search for a President and Chief Executive Officer.
Tim Chason and Randy Cardoza are working with the leadership of
chamber to coordinate the process.
About the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber. The Valdosta-Lowndes County
Chamber of Commerce is comprised of more than 1,100 members.
Established on Sept. 1, 1912, the business organization is the 7th
largest in Georgia and is accredited as a five-star chamber by the
US Chamber of Commerce.
The organization has an annual budget of over $600,000 and a
staff of five full-time professionals. The Board of Directors is
comprised of 18 members, including the President and General
Counsel. Seven major committees and programs, led by more than 200
volunteers, keep the chamber’s mission “to serve as the voice of
business in our community” in the forefront.
The Community. Valdosta is designated by the US Census Bureau as
a Metropolitan Statistical Area with a population of approximately
147,292 residents located in a four-county region.
The Position. The President and Chief Executive Officer of the
chamber is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the
non-profit business organization. Financial growth and management,
talent development, and innovative strategic planning and
implementation are key responsibilities of the President. Providing
oversight for the Valdosta Area Business Incubator construction
project will be a significant accountability project for the
President over the next 18 months. The professional reports to the
Board of Directors through an annually elected Chair.
Key Attributes. The Search Committee for the chamber is seeking
a professional who has the understanding of how a business-focused
non-profit organization functions and its importance to the success
of a community. Leadership, financial stability, strategic
planning, staff development, communications (written, verbal and
social media), team building, professionalism and business
knowledge are key attributes required for the position.
Requirements. Candidates applying for the President’s position
should hold a Bachelor’s degree, with a Master’s degree desired, in
the area(s) of public relations, association management, business
and/or marketing from an accredited college or university or
Other requirements include a minimum of five years of executive
management leadership experience in the business, chamber of
commerce, association, economic development and/or community
development field, or a combination of these.
Also, the professional should have a proven extended tenure in
leading an organization through visionary growth and meaningful
change to improve the business environment of a community; staff
training and development experience; and public speaking.
Additional Salary Information: Insurance, car allowance, civic
club, retirement, cell phone
About Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce / The Chason
Executive recruitment in a competitive market is both
complicated and time consuming. The team of experienced
professionals at The Chason Group is prepared to assist chambers of
commerce, economic development organizations, foundations,
convention and visitors bureaus and other non-profit entities in
identifying qualified individuals to serve in leadership roles.
Every member of the team has served in leadership roles at chambers
of commerce and economic development organizations - on the local,
regional and state levels. The personal approach and successful
process provided by The Chason Group makes the difference for
longevity of candidates. Visit www.thechasongroup.com to learn more
about our services and team.
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