Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce Names New President/CEO
Mary Poole, Board Chair of the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce announced on Wednesday the selection of Mr. Bill Allen as the new President/CEO of GBCOC. Mr. Allen has extensive experience in the Chamber industry as well as corporate experience. Mr. Allen will begin his duties at the GBCOC on September 1st.
Mr. Allen most recently served as the President & CEO of the Midland Business Alliance (MBA) in Midland, Michigan. The MBA was formed as the umbrella organization over the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce and Midland Tomorrow (the county’s economic development entity) as well as seven other affiliate entities serving businesses of all sizes, in all sectors and in every stage of development. This $5M organization developed a comprehensive program to ensure success of all the organizations under the MBA umbrella.
Mr. Allen was President & CEO of the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce and the Las Cruces Chamber Heritage Foundation in Las Cruces, New Mexico from 2010-2015. Here he directed the Chamber’s program of work to benefit the 900 member organization. The Chamber was the only 4 star Accredited Chamber in New Mexico.
Mr. Allen served as Executive Director of the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce in Royal Oak, Michigan from 2006-2010 and was recognized as one of the top 4 Chambers in the state for 2008 and 2009 by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Executives.
Prior to entering the Chamber industry Mr. Allen served as Vice President-Accelerates Sales and Director of Operations for Colliers International/Institute Commercial Group in
Southfield, Michigan. Additionally he held several positions with Xerox Corporation in Southfield, Michigan including Business Development Manager for Xerox Global Services, Sales Operations Manager and Operations Controller for Xerox Business Services. He also served as Controller for Mercer (formerly William M. Mercer, Inc.) in Detroit, Michigan.
Mr. Allen received his BBA in Accounting with minors in Marketing and Math Science from Northwood University in Midland, MI and his MBA from Richard DeVos School of Business at Northwood University. He has had numerous hours of continuing education throughout his career.
He has received numerous awards and serves on several board including the President’s Advisory Board at Northwoods University, College of Business Management Advisory Board and Board of Fellows at Saginaw Valley State University, Board of Directors of the Great Lakes Regional Alliance, Board of Directors of the Western Association of Chamber Executives, Executive Board of the New Mexico Chamber Executives Association and was President of NMCEA in 2015. He received the Russell J. “Rusty” Hammer Memorial Award from the Western Association of Chamber Executives in 2014. He was also active in numerous community organizations during these years while serving in the Chamber industry as well as the private sector.
Mr. Allen is married and has four children. In his resume cover letter Mr. Allen stated “I have a great deal of experience advocating for the business community on a federal, state and local level, but building relationships with the local elected officials is truly where a chamber can be relevant to its community’s growth. I feel the main focus for chambers of commerce going forward is to understand that change is required for them to remain relevant. My work on the board of the Western Association of Chamber Executives (WACE) has given me great contacts within the industry to use as a sounding board when considering change – whether that be in programming, branding, advocacy or inclusion/diversity.”
GBCOC received seventy-seven resumes that were reviewed by a ten member Search Committee. From there the committee narrowed the list to nine and Skype interviews were held with all nine to become better acquainted with them. The search was then narrowed to four and then to two final candidates. The two finalists came to Beaumont for on-site interviews with the Search Committee and also a local tour of the area. Following these interviews the Search Committee selected Mr. Allen and presented their recommendation to the full Board of Directors Wednesday afternoon for final approval. The board voted
unanimously to hire Mr. Allen as the next President/CEO of the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce.