Greater Dalton Chamber Announces New President and CEO

Submitted by Dalton Chamber:

Rob Bradham

Rob Bradham

After conducting a nationwide search, the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Rob Bradham has been selected as the Chamber’s President and CEO.  The search was conducted by executive search firm Jorgenson Consulting and led by a seven member Search Committee. Bradham will begin work on November 9.

Bradham is currently the Chattanooga Area Chamber’s Vice President of Public Strategies where he oversees all of the Chattanooga Chamber’s advocacy, workforce development, leadership development, and young professionals programs. He is also a founder of Thrive 2055, a 16 county regional growth planning process which includes both Whitfield County, GA and Hamilton County, TN.

“I am deeply honored by this opportunity,” Bradham said. He added “I have had the chance to get to know Dalton through Thrive 2055, and I have long been impressed by the Chamber’s leadership role in the community. Dalton and Whitfield County are extremely well positioned for future opportunity, and it is evident to me that the community is eager to take advantage of the opportunity. I can’t wait to play a role in that.”

Robert Smalley, Chairman of the Search Committee, stated that the Committee believed Bradham’s experience in the areas of workforce, public policy and leadership development will be a great fit for the direction the Chamber is headed. He also noted that the Committee felt strongly that Bradham’s experience as a senior executive at two other Chambers has prepared him well to step into the role as the Dalton Chamber’s CEO. “Rob has proven that he is a great leader in his roles at two respected Chambers, and we’re looking forward to having him here.” stated Smalley.

Smalley (McCamy Law Firm) thanked the members of the Search Committee that worked tirelessly with him since June. The committee members were Andreas Bruhwiler (ALROL of America), Chuck Dobbins (Shaw Industries), David Gregg (Community & Southern Bank), Kevin Harris (ArrowStar, LLC), Bryan Macon (Dorsett Industries) and Skeeter Pierce (Lawson, Winchester Wealth Management).

Chuck Dobbins, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce, expressed his appreciation for the work of the Search Committee, and added that he’s very happy the Committee and the Chamber Executive Board selected an individual who is already familiar with Dalton and the larger region. “Rob isn’t starting from scratch in Dalton. He understands the overall dynamic in our community and has a firm grasp of the issues the Chamber needs to focus on; namely job growth, workforce and education, and community engagement and advocacy.” Dobbins said. Dobbins also stated that Bradham has experience working on many of the same issues at the Chambers in Richmond, VA and Chattanooga.

About the Greater Dalton Chamber:

Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce is a Five-Star Accredited Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, serving over 1,000 businesses. The Chamber’s mission is to serve as the voice of business, promoting economic prosperity and building partnerships and leadership to improve the quality of life while delivering superior member services.

About Jorgenson Consulting:

With over 20 years of experience, Jorgenson Consulting is a leading national executive search firm serving organizations in non-profit, economic and community development.

Rob Bradham’s bio:

Rob Bradham serves as the Chattanooga Chamber’s Vice President of Public Strategies. His responsibilities include direct management of the Chamber’s advocacy efforts, including lobbying state and local government officials, as well as overseeing the Young Professionals Association and the Chamber’s workforce development, public education and leadership programs.

Rob has 15 years of governmental and public relations experience, and 10 years of experience in trade association management. Prior to joining the Chattanooga Chamber in June 2010, Rob held a similar position with the Greater Richmond Chamber in Richmond, Virginia where he also served as Vice Chair of the Capital Region Workforce Investment Board. In addition to his experience with Chambers of Commerce, Rob has lobbied for universities, hospital systems, K-12 school districts, medical practices, developers, manufacturers, transit agencies, contractors, alcohol distributors, and many trade associations.

Rob is a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga and serves on the board of The Partnership for Families, Children, and Adults, which provides numerous services to those in need in Chattanooga. He holds a B.A. in history with a minor in political science from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Rob and his wife Melissa have been married for 12 years and they have two sons, Caleb (9) and Keller (7).

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