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Chamber chooses president, CEO

Published 12:03pm Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Alexander City Chamber of Commerce board selection committee has chosen Ann Rye as the new president and CEO of the chamber.

“I’m very pleased with the work that the selection committee has done,” said Marvin Wagoner, current chamber president and CEO. “I think they worked diligently and professionally to select the person they think is best.”

The selection committee was made up of several board members and two additional people: Mark Lamborne, Randa Marlow, Robert Gunn, Dan Meeks, Kenneth Boone and Susan Foy.

Meeks, chairman of the board, said he and the other committee members felt that Rye’s business experience made her a good choice.

“She was the best fit,” Meeks said. “She’s going to bring a lot of experience from owning her own business … you really have to have a lot of skill sets.”

Meeks said the board offered the position to Rye Thursday.

“I really am of the mindset to try to make a difference for the people of Alexander City,” Rye said. “I’m just looking forward to the challenges ahead.”

Rye, a native of Kingsport, Tenn., graduated from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn. She is married with three daughters. She previously owned an interior design business in Georgia and also served as the operations director for Dillards department stores.

Rye said she wants to “advance our commerce forward and work with other officials in the city.”

“I’d really like to be able to see us find more restaurants to locate to the city … as well as a coffee shop, maybe things of that nature,” Rye said. Rye said she is also interesting in creating more jobs and possibly building new community events to drive tourism to Alexander City.

Rye will take on her new role Jan. 7. Wagoner will continue with the chamber in an advisory role.

“It’s been a pleasure for me to be in the role I’ve been in,” Wagoner said. “I think Ann will pick up where I left off and move the chamber forward.”

Meeks and Wagoner both said they wanted to thank the selection committee.

“I commend the selection committee,” Wagoner said. “It’s been long, and they’ve dedicated a lot of time and effort into it.”