Greater Shelby Chamber begins search for new president

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

The Greater Shelby Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors is looking to appoint a new Chamber president “as soon as possible,” and recently appointed a search committee to kick off the process.

The announcement came about a little more than a week after current GSCC President Jennifer Whisenant announced she will be resigning her Chamber position on Feb. 6 to become the executive director of the Birmingham Auto Dealers Association.

Board of directors President David Nolen said the board set up a search committee to look for Whisenant’s replacement during a Feb. 1 meeting.

Although Nolen said the board is looking to hire a new president as soon as possible, he said the board has not yet set a definite timeline.

“At this point, it’s really too early to put a timeline on it,” Nolen said on Feb. 3. “We hope to find someone as soon as possible but it may take three to five months or longer. We want to make sure we get the right person.”

Nolen said Chamber officials have contacted other chambers of commerce to advertise the vacancy, and have already received resumés from several interested candidates.

“I think the Chamber has a great reputation, and I think a lot of folks will see it as a great job opportunity,” Nolen said. “I hate to see someone leave, as Jennifer is, but we have to look at it as an opportunity.”