The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has announced that Brad N. Hall, President/CEO will be resigning from his position June 11th to start a new career at American Electric Power- Kentucky Power as Manager of External Affairs.
"Brad is one of the most dedicated, passionate, and hardworking individuals I have ever had the privilege of working with. It is hard to imagine continuing working without him, but we have to believe God has a plan for his future and for the future of the Southeast Kentucky Chamber." said Chamber Chairwoman Tracy Syck of Shred-All Documents. "We want our Chamber member businesses, our future members, and the community to know that the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will continue to grow with the same passion."
Hall was hired as the President/CEO of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce in April, 2007 and throughout his time at the organization, the Chamber experienced great growth and began servicing seven other counties besides Pike and forming the Southeast Kentucky Chamber in May, 2011. The Chamber now has 552 members.
Current Vice President Jared Arnett will be taking Hall's place as CEO. "Jared has played a vital role in the expansion of the regional chamber. He has the talent and skills that are necessary to continue the mission of the Southeast Kentucky Chamber. I know that I am leaving the Chamber in the best possible hands," said Hall.
"It is very difficult and with a heavy heart that I leave our Chamber, especially during this time of great growth for our region," Hall said. It has taken so many wonderful volunteers, Chamber members, and especially our board members to make the Chamber grow and flourish.
Hall will continue to be involved with eastern Kentucky and its businesses in his new role, in which he will maintain community relations. "I look forward to continue working with area clubs and organizations and with our Chamber and other chambers in my new role."
"I have been humbled by the support of the business community over these five years," Hall said. "So many wonderful businesses have invested their time and money in helping us take the mission of the Chamber to new heights. I am confident that there is no other area that has a business community so dedicated to making sure that eastern Kentucky has a bright future." Stated Hall
The Southeast Kentucky Chamber earned seven state and national awards in the five years that Hall has been there. Hall even earned the coveted Chamber Executive of the Year Award from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives.
Over the past five years, the partnerships with community businesses and organizations have doubled, and volunteerism has doubled as well.
Hall commented that this is one of the hardest decisions he has ever made because of his passion for the Chamber of Commerce, for eastern Kentucky, and for business. "I am very glad that in aspects of my new career, I will be able to continue to share my passion for business and our area," he said. "I will always love eastern Kentucky and do whatever I can to continue to serve this community."