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Chamber says farewell to Glover

Catherine Glover, center, receives a map of area plantations from Judy Randle, outgoing chamber chair, and Bobby McKinney, interim chamber president, during a reception in her honor. Glover is leaving her chamber position for one at Equinox Chemicals in Albany.

Catherine Glover, center, receives a map of area plantations from Judy Randle, outgoing chamber chair, and Bobby McKinney, interim chamber president, during a reception in her honor. Glover is leaving her chamber position for one at Equinox Chemicals in Albany.

ALBANY -- It was a great three-year run for Catherine Glover as head of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, said most in attendance at a gathering held in her honor Tuesday. But everything comes to an end.

Glover was honored with a reception of business people, friends and co-workers at the chamber building. With a day remaining before she leaves the chamber for a position with Equinox Chemical in Albany, attendees sampled hors d'oeuvres with soft drinks or wine and remembered the job she'd done.

"She was an absolute pleasure to work with," said Col. Terry Williams, commanding officer at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany. "High energy -- like Marines. (MCLB) has a great relationship with the chamber, which was probably already there, but she just took it to the next level.

"Enthusiastic with a positive attitude. I think she always looked worldwide for businesses to bring to Albany, and that's the key to success for the chamber and for businesses here."

John McDuffie, the chamber's chairman in 2009, said Glover has done a "tremendous job" as chief officer of the Albany organization, utilizing "enthusiasm and energy" toward achieving the high goals of the chamber.

"I've been very pleased to work with her," McDuffie said. "Anyone can be replaced, but this won't be easy."

Jay Smith, the area manager of Georgia Power, called Glover "dynamic," saying she "provided strong leadership in a time of transition."

Bobby McKinney, interim president of the chamber, said he's enjoyed working closely with Glover and called himself "her biggest supporter."

"Our loss is Equinox's gain," McKinney said. "She understands the business world and how it operates. She's traveled extensively, and I understand that will be a big part of what she'll be doing there at Equinox. We're delighted she's remaining in Albany to be an asset to the chamber and to the community."

John Culbreath, former superintendent of Dougherty County schools, said the first two things that come to his mind when thinking of Glover are style and substance.

"You meet a lot of people who have one or the other," Culbreath said. "(Glover) was able to combine style and substance to work well with people, and in doing so she was able to do a great deal for the people of Albany. Hers will be some deep shoes to fill."

Later at the reception, Glover was presented with a special framed map of the area by outgoing Chairwoman Judy Randle and McKinney.

In response to the presentation, Glover stated her love for the Albany area and reaffirmed her decision to remain here in her new position.

"It's true, I don't eat grits," Glover said, "but I've found my place in Albany. This is a gracious community, and I'm pleased to make it my home."

Glover begins her position with Equinox Chemicals on Thursday as executive vice president, global business development.