Today, the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce announced to its nearly 1,000 members that the Board of Directors has selected Amy Jackson as the chamber's new President and CEO effective Monday, June 4, 2012.


"We are excited about the energy and visionary leadership skills Amy will bring to the role.  She has a proven track record of business leadership, and will provide an innovative and relationship-building perspective to the Chamber, which is what we were looking for in our new leader," said Michael F. Beckwith, the Chamber's Board Chairman.   He further commented, ”Her ability to challenge status quo, understand the needs of our members, and implement strategic initiatives will help us keep the strong momentum we have in the Owensboro business community."

Jackson joins the Chamber after a 13 year career in the Farm Credit System.  In her most recent position as Vice President - Marketing and Insurance Services for Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, Louisville, KY, she led the advertising, communications and marketing strategy for the$18 billion lending cooperative, as well as the crop insurance sales and service division.  She earned her bachelor's degree in agriculture from Kansas State University. She and her husband, Chris, have one daughter and reside in Hancock County.

"I'm excited to become a part of the thriving Owensboro business community.  The Chamber has a long history of excellent member programs.  I look forward to maintaining that strong voice, increasing our member services and defining the needs of our diverse business community to best serve them," Jackson said. "It was very evident through the selection process that the Board is highly committed to their growing membership, and I look forward to working with the team and Board on member retention and expanded services to attract new members as well."


Jackson replaces interim President and CEO Debbie Benedek. "Debbie will work with Amy to ensure a smooth transition.  The entire Board is extremely grateful for the leadership Debbie has provided the Chamber.  The Board’s leadership has been tremendous; they truly care about our community and ensuring we hire the right leader.  I would also like to thank the Search Committee for their commitment to finding the right leader to reinvigorate our Chamber and continue the success we've experienced in years past," said Beckwith.

1490 WOMI welcomes Amy Jackson to the Chamber and we look forward to working with her in the future.

Jackson will be welcomed officially at the June 7 Rooster Booster.


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