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Former chamber president headed to Tennessee

Catherine Glover

Catherine Glover

ALBANY, Ga. -- The former head of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce will likely be announced as the new president of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry at a press conference today.

Catherine Glover is presently the executive vice president of Global Business Development for Equinox Chemicals, a title she's expected to shed in order to take the new position in the Nashville, Tenn., area.

While interim president Wayne Scharber wouldn't confirm or comment when asked about the position, he did say that an official announcement likely would come this morning.

Glover spent three years as head of the Albany chamber, overseeing a customer base that includes 3,000 member companies, most of which are considered small businesses.

When Glover left to take her present job at Equinox in January, she said she looked forward to exploring a new career.

"After 22 years in chamber management, I have the opportunity to explore a new career without leaving the town I love, and working for a company that believes in Albany as much as I do," Glover told a reporter at the time.

Glover will take over an organization that aims to be the voice of business owners in Tennessee.

"As the single, unified voice of business, the Tennessee Chamber works to enhance the quality of life for all Tennesseans. The Tennessee Chamber leads the way in achieving global competitiveness and ultimately increasing prosperity for its citizens," its website proclaims.

The only controversy that arose during Glover's tenure as president of the Albany chamber was her decision to reorganize the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau, a separate organization that is managed by the chamber.

Those changes resulted in the termination of CVB Manager Lisa Riddle -- prompting some in the community to call for a review of the arrangement between the chamber and the visitors bureau -- and ultimately led to the resignation of Liz Gray, the CVB's sales manager and public relations officer.

Under Glover's leadership, the chamber launched the Strive2Thrive initiative aimed at cutting poverty within the city, and the organization obtained many levels of accreditation and certification.

Comments

iko 1 year, 9 months ago

So.....this is evidently a quality person with loyalty to her employer?

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VietVet1 1 year, 9 months ago

The view of Albany in your rearview mirror. Ah everyone's dream. Think about it folks. With everyday headlines how can anyone be proud of this city?

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dingleberry 1 year, 9 months ago

Now all can be happy except those in Rockytop. Sometimes losing something isn;t a loss.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 9 months ago

Glover was a complete misfit with ACofC. She didn't have a clue. Influentials at the CofC still do not have a clue. Of course, the competing agendas, incompetent city management, fragmented city commission, corrupt school system and self-centered county lawyer didn't help much. In spite of the great natural and cultural factors of this area, the only thing she could come up with was the strive2 thrive message. The CofC needs to re-organize around the idea of finding ways to retain small businesses and develop small businesses which happens to be the economic engine of this great land of ours. There is a formula that will work but it requires laying aside the selfish agendas and feudal system this community operates under.

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dingleberry 1 year, 9 months ago

Uh, yeah Tuk. You really said a lot in only one paragraph. Good job!

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Cartman 1 year, 9 months ago

FT, that is a pretty spot-on assessment.

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Amazed2 1 year, 9 months ago

Glover embraced Equinox and the City of Albany as a placr she Loved. At the time she just Loved finding a company that would pay her something in the range of the High Roller Salary that only Albany can seem to lure these people like her here with. Equinox probably agreed to pay her well but in return Equinox was expecting her to promote, produce and develop growth. Probably she was not succeeding in that since she had few connections. Decided to look for another job and leave this City she just Loves.

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Amazed2 1 year, 9 months ago

Albany/Dougherty County always goes out or better yet pays a search firm to find people for positions like Downtown Manager, EDC Director, Chamber Director etc. They offer up a higher salary than these people make in a similar role in other cities so heck yea they will move here for a few years or a couple years and realize they dont really have any contacts and they hate all the political mess and schools here and then they move on. All the while collecting that fat check for their time here. Also most are usually glad to see them go. the new cgamber guy he got busted bragging on some website about how much money we pay here vs. What he got paid in same role elsewhere. I think they about doubled his salary to get him to move here. Think he made in $40,000 rangr and ee pay $80 something $$$ thousand us perks.

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