Ed Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce, is resigning from his position to lead another southeastern chamber.
Rodriguez will be the new president and CEO of the Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber of Commerce, located in Gulf Shores, Ala. He will leave the Robins chamber, where he has served for four years, on Oct. 28.
“I’m looking forward to the challenges of helping a chamber that has a lot of dreams,” he said of the region still recovering from the oil spill of April 2010.
The new location will allow Rodriguez to return to his roots both professionally -- he has a background in tourism development -- and personally.
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Before coming to Middle Georgia, Rodriguez served as CEO of his hometown Amelia Island chamber in Amelia Island, Fla., and was then president and a founding partner of Chamber Resources, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in marketing and membership development for more than 200 chambers of commerce in 12 states.
“I love this chamber here and am going to miss it and the people,” Rodriguez said. “I will also miss the welcoming and open nature of this place. I’ve lived in several places, and I don’t think I’ve ever been in a place where an outsider is welcomed as quickly as here.”
In the coming weeks, the Robins Regional chamber board will announce its search process to fill Rodriguez’s position.
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