August 17, 2020 – The economic strength of the non-profit field has increased in recent years and it is now the third largest employer in the U.S. This has certainly kept search firms busy. The Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce, based in Valdosta, GA, recently retained The Chason Group to lead an executive level search for a president and chief executive officer. Tim Chason and Randy Cardoza are working with the leadership of the chamber to coordinate the process.
The CEO is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the non-profit business organization. Financial growth and management, talent development, and innovative strategic planning and implementation are key responsibilities. This executive will provide oversight for the Valdosta Area Business Incubator construction project over the next 18 months.
The Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce wants a professional who understands how a business-focused non-profit organization functions and its importance to the success of a community, said The Chason Group. Leadership, financial stability, strategic planning, staff development, communications (written, verbal and social media), team building, professionalism and business knowledge are key attributes required for the position.
The search firm said that candidates applying for the position should hold a bachelor’s degree, with a master’s degree desired, in the area(s) of public relations, association management, business and/or marketing from an accredited college or university or equivalent experience. Other requirements include a minimum of five years of executive management leadership experience in the business, chamber of commerce, association, economic development and/or community development field, or a combination of these. Also, the professional should have a proven extended tenure in leading an organization through visionary growth and meaningful change to improve the business environment of a community, staff training and development experience, and public speaking skills.
The Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce is composed of more than 1,100 members. Established in 1912, the business organization is the seventh largest in Georgia and is accredited as a five-star chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Seven major committees and programs, led by more than 200 volunteers, keep the chamber’s mission “to serve as the voice of business in our community” in the forefront.
The Chason Group, based in Cartersville, GA, specializes in executive-level searches for companies and non-profit organizations, strategic visioning plans, coordinating relationship building strategies and building operating structures. Mr. Chason, who has over 30 years of experience in the business and non-profit world, is a former executive with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
Some of the firm’s past executive searches include: president of North Georgia Community Foundation, president of Brunswick & Glynn County Development Authority and vice president of economic development for the Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Cardoza has 38 years of economic and community development experience at the local, regional and state level. He served as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development for 10 years under three governors. Prior to being named commissioner, he was deputy commissioner for economic development for over three years.
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