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Greenville goes to Kentucky for new chamber head

STAFF REPORTS
Published on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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W. Carlos Phillips will serve as the next President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce beginning in March.
 

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W. Carlos Phillips will serve as the next President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce beginning in March.

 

W. Carlos Phillips will serve as the next President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. He will take the position in late March. 

Phillips currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Operations of Greater Louisville Inc., The Metro Chamber of Commerce of Louisville, Ky. Phillips replaces Ben Haskew who announced his retirement last August, after serving as the Chamber’s CEO for over 12 years.

David Lominack, TD Bank’s South Carolina Market President and Chair of the Chamber’s 2016 board of directors, chaired the Chamber's 9-member search committee that worked with Waverly Partners, LLC to conduct a national search.

"Carlos is going to be a tremendous asset to this Chamber and our community as a whole,” Lominack stated in the announcement. “He has a deep passion for supporting the business community and clearly recognizes that the success of our entire region is dependent upon maintaining and attracting good companies and a talented workforce."

“This is a great opportunity for Carlos to advance his career as a CEO of a dynamic 2,200 member, 25 employee chamber,” stated Kent Oyler, President & CEO of Greater Louisville Inc.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve the Greenville Chamber and community," stated Phillips. "My wife LaTonya, our family and I are very excited about our new adventure in Greenville.  I saw this as an opportunity to lead a dedicated staff and help write the next chapter for a Chamber that has very successfully served the Greenville region for many years.”

Phillips served as Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI) as it has been recognized as Chamber of the Year in 2007. GLI serves 1,500 members in a 15-county/two-state region with 1.4 million people. The Chamber has 33 employees and total revenues of $5.9 million. 

Phillips leads a 17-member team responsible for GLI’s operations functions, including membership sales, events, products, finance, HR and IT.

Before joining GLI in 2005, Phillips served in various sales, operations, and leadership roles within the BellSouth, Cingular Wireless and AT&T organizations.

Phillips received an undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree from Western Kentucky University. He and his wife, LaTonya, have four children. He is a native of Owensboro, Ky.

 

 

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