Originally created 09/22/05

Chamber selects a president



The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday that it has hired a Michigan woman as its president.

Sue Parr, the senior vice president for the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, will assume her new duties Oct. 24, said James Kendrick, the chairman of the Augusta Metro Chamber.

The 1,200-member business organization has been without a chief executive since Ed Presnell resigned in July.

Ms. Parr, 47, was selected from 40 candidates in a nationwide search.

"Ms. Parr's extensive chamber experience and crystal-clear understanding of exactly what businesses are looking for in their chamber will be a tremendous asset to our community," Mr. Kendrick said. "We have made an excellent choice for the businesses and citizens of our community."

Ms. Parr has worked for the 1,700-member Lansing Regional Chamber since 1990. As senior vice president and chief operating officer, she is responsible for membership development, benefit programs, services, communications and finance. She also played a key role in the chamber-sponsored LPGA Oldsmobile Classic Tournament, which assists with the community's economic development efforts.

"I plan to help Augusta achieve what every community wants, which is a world-class chamber of commerce," Ms. Parr said. "It is such a beautiful, vibrant city with so much to offer. I am honored and thrilled with this opportunity."

She and her husband, Bruce Flechter, will move to Augusta by the end of the year. Ms. Parr is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber's Institute for Organizational Management at Notre Dame and attended Central Michigan University.

CHAMBER PRESIDENTS

Recent Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce presidents:

Sue Parr: Present

Ed Presnell: 2002-05

Jim West: 1998-2002

Al Hodge: 1989-97

Charles Bellman: 1974-89

Robert Stagg: 1972-74

Source: The Augusta Chronicle archives