The Winston-Salem Chamber of commerce is seeking a President & CEO to succeed its long-term executive, Gayle Anderson, who is retiring.
The successful candidate may come from a professional Chamber executive background or from a position of business or community leadership. In either case, s/he must demonstrate the leadership presence, strategic vision and organizational management skills required by the organization described below.
The Winston-Salem Chamber is in business for business. Its vision is that Winston-Salem/Forsyth County will be the best community in the United States to start and grow a business and to live. Its mission is to provide and advocate for the best environment for businesses of all sizes.
Founded in 1885, the Chamber has 1200 members, a $1.9MM budget, and a 14-person staff. It is governed by a 54-member board (24-member Executive Committee).
In support of its over-arching mission, the Winston-Salem Chamber advocates in support of local businesses, hosts events that bring businesspeople together, and develops and provides research and programs to help members make better business decisions. It also shares information about new and innovative technologies being developed locally, provides business development assistance, and promotes educational programs to help kids meet the challenges of the 21st century workplace.
In addition, the Winston-Salem Chamber is recognized as a critical economic development force. It supports retention and expansion activities, works closely with entrepreneurs, and partners with other groups to provide support to high impact projects. More information is available at www.winstonsalem.com.
Background experiences and cultural fit are also important as the Chamber's President & CEO will have a unique opportunity to help shape the future of this very special community.
Winston-Salem traces its history to 1753 when a small group of Moravians settled on a 100,000 acre tract in what is now Forsyth County. Today’s population of 240,000 makes Winston-Salem the second largest municipality in the Piedmont Triad region (MSA: 1,700,000) – which also includes Greensboro and High Point – and the fourth largest city in the state.
Over several decades, the city has moved from a manufacturing-based economy (tobacco and textiles) to an information- and technology-based economy – particularly in the areas of research, medicine, IT and finance. Winston-Salem’s edgy downtown Innovation Quarter is home to Wake Forest’s School of Medicine and homegrown Inmar – a data analytics company that focuses on improving the customer experience of shoppers, patients and businesses – is a centerpiece for biomedical sciences and research. It is a place where research and businesses in biomedical science, information technology, digital media, clinical services and advanced materials are thriving. The National Cycling Center recently chose downtown Winston-Salem as its new home.
Corporate headquarters include BB&T, Hanesbrands, Inmar, K&W Cafeterias, Krispy Kreme, Lowes Foods, Reynolds American, Texas Pete (TW Garner Food Company), and Truliant Federal Credit Union.
Known as the “City of the Arts & Innovation,” Winston-Salem created the first arts council in the U.S. and today boasts a plethora of cultural attractions including museums, art galleries, performance arts facilities, historic sites, gardens and sports venues. The arts and business/research communities have come together to create a unique culture that both honors the past and actualizes the potential of tomorrow.
Outstanding higher education institutions – Forsyth Technical Community College, Piedmont International University, Salem College, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Wake Forest University (with its Schools of Law and Medicine) and Winston-Salem State University – add to the talent pool and to the vitality and livability of the region.
Its inviting Sunbelt location and its enviable cost-of-living further contribute to Winston-Salem’s allure. It has been named by Bloomberg, Forbes, CBS Money Watch, CNN and U.S. News and Report as one of the “best places” to live and retire. More information about Winston-Salem is available at www.visitwinstonsalem.com, www.wsbusinessinc.com, www.downtownws.com, and www.journalnow.com.