News release from Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry:
NASHVILLE, TN., October 23, 2012–The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced today the appointment of Catherine Glover of Albany, GA, as its president and chief executive officer.
Ms. Glover, executive vice president for global affairs of Equinox Chemicals with 20 years of experience leading chambers of commerce in Maine, New York and Georgia, will begin work for the Tennessee Chamber next month, according to chamber chairman Bill Ozier, a partner in the Bass, Berry & Sims law firm in Nashville.
“Catherine Glover is a strong advocate for business, and has international and domestic experience on the corporate side as well as in chamber work,” Ozier said. “She has a successful track record in legislative coalition-building, growing membership and marketing chamber programs.”
Ozier said the Chamber search committee believes Ms. Glover “is the perfect fit to continue the Tennessee Chamber’s 100-year history of being the voice of business in our state.”
Prior to being recruited to Equinox Chemicals to revamp its export business and design new product launches, Ms. Glover was president and CEO of the Albany, GA Area Chamber of Commerce. During her tenure, the regional chamber had a membership of 1,200, a staff of 19, a budget of close to $3.0 million, and a regional convention and visitors bureau as well. She previously has served as president and CEO at the Greater Binghamton (NY) Chamber of Commerce, the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber of Commerce, based in Brunswick, ME, and as the Executive Director of the Freeport Merchants Association in Freeport, ME, a unique membership-driven, international marketing and retail promotion organization.
“I am eager to serve the businesses of Tennessee, and to help the board of directors and our members build on the Tennessee Chamber’s tradition of leadership,” Ms. Glover said. “The Chamber has an important role to play in helping to maintain a business climate that will grow jobs and help Tennesseans succeed, and that’s a challenge I willingly accept.”
Ms. Glover, who with her husband will relocate to the Nashville area soon, holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from LaGrange College in Georgia, and has studied public relations at the University of Maine. She has served on numerous regional boards of directors related not only to her chamber work, but also to overall economic and community development, and is a member of the Council on Small Business for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Glover also is the co-founder of several not-for-profit organizations in communities where she has served, including Junior Achievement chapters in midcoast Maine and in Penobscot County, the Bangor Region Arts Council, and a novel business-centric organization designed to minimize poverty called Strive2Thrive.
The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry is the state’s largest broad-based trade association, representing employers and their employees across the state.