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Wagoner will continue to serve chamber

Published 10:52am Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Though Ann Rye will assume the position Jan. 7 as new president and CEO of the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce, current CEO Marvin Wagoner won’t be completely out of the picture just yet.

Wagoner, who announced in the fall he intended to resign from the position, will continue to operate with the chamber as a senior adviser.

“By so doing, I will have the opportunity to continue my board seat with the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama and represent the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce at the state level, which could not be anything but beneficial for us,” Wagoner said. “I will also be available to the chamber staff and the board, as well as to thoroughly indoctrinate the new executive so there will be a smooth, seamless transition from one leadership person to the next. I think the worst thing that could happen would be for gaps to occur in the smooth flow of daily operations.”

Wagoner said he will miss the daily operations most about being head of the chamber.

“Being the president and CEO of the Alexander City chamber has been an honor – it’s been an honor to have the opportunity to serve this chamber and the community in this role,” Wagoner said. “I’ve had opportunities to meet a lot of people and business owners, and as I’ve said over and over again, small business owners are some of the bravest people you can find anywhere. You have to take a risk to start that operation and then depend on the community to support it. I really admire the group of people I had the opportunity to represent.”

Wagoner has served as chamber president and CEO for the past five years but has been involved with the chamber much longer.

“When I first became interested in participating with the chamber, I was retiring from a long career with the Alabama Department of Transportation,” Wagoner said. “In the final 12 years of that career, I was commuting to Montgomery and had not been able to be a part of the community like I would have been had I been right here in Alexander City. I retired from that position in 2000, and in 2001 I was asked to serve on the chamber’s