Chamber of Commerce President to Leave in June

The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce announced May 15 that President and CEO Brent Christensen is leaving his position in early June. Christensen has led the Chamber for the past 10 years, overseeing the development of its “Innovation Gainesville” initiative, and placing the Gainesville Chamber in the top 1 percent of all chambers nationwide.

Chairman Michael Gallagher has appointed Chairman-Elect Mitch Glaeser to lead a search committee to elect a new president and CEO. The search process is expected to take about 90 to 120 days.

“I have no doubt that our outstanding staff will continue the momentum and that we will find a dynamic new leader for the Chamber,” Gallagher said in a news release.

Chamber Vice President and COO Sonia Douglas will serve as the interim president and CEO following Christensen’s departure. Christensen is leaving to become the executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, a statewide economic development team with 300 employees.

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