Knoxville Chamber of Commerce announces new CEO

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The Knoxville Chamber of Commerce has announced its new CEO to lead the group after the retirement of their longtime leader.

On Tuesday, Mike Odom was named as the organization’s new President and CEO. Odom currently serves as President and CEO of the Round Rock (Texas) Chamber. 

He will succeed the retiring Mike Edwards, who served as CEO for 16 years. 

“My family and I are absolutely thrilled to join this tremendous organization and community,” said Odom. “Mike (Edwards) and his team have worked hard to establish an exemplary operation in Knoxville, and I am grateful for the opportunity to build upon this legacy.”

Odom was chosen by a five-person selection committee comprised of past and present members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. The committee executed a nationwide search that resulted in more than 100 interested applicants.

“The selection committee entered this process with a single goal to identify the person best suited to lead the Knoxville Chamber and our regional community into its next phase of growth,” said Terry Turner, chairmen of the Knoxville Chamber board of directors. “Mike’s (Odom) resume of success in organizational management, economic growth and community partnership brings a fresh perspective to the Chamber’s mission of driving regional economic prosperity.”

Odom served as the president and CEO of the Round Rock Chamber since June 2014 with previous stints at the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and the Baton Rouge Area Chamber.

During his four-year tenure at Round Rock, the organization announced economic development projects that generated or retained over 4,700 new jobs and secured more than $800 million in capital investment; increased membership revenue by 38 percent; collaborated with local education partners to enhance certification programs for skilled trades and earned Chamber of the Year honors in 2018.

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