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New president for Rogersville Area Chamber of Commerce
With the new year comes a new president for the Rogersville Area Chamber of Commerce, which has continued to bring local businesses together since it was re-established in 1994.
Troy Taylor, who works as a senior sales consultant at Premier Auto Outlet in Rogersville, took over as chamber president in December.
Taylor accepted the job from then-Legacy Bank and Trust President John Everett, who stepped down after a two-year run.
Taylor, who has served on the chamber board for three years and has lived in Rogersville for 12, said based on his experience with the group he is proud of where the organization currently stands and thinks it can to do more in the community.
“Financially, we are doing better than what it’s been for a while,” he said. “That’s partially thanks to (Everett). I think we should use that to give more back to the community through more scholarships.”
Taylor said as president he hopes to help the chamber increase membership. He added that he believes area businesses provide great potential for growth.
“We have more businesses than I realized between Webster, Greene and Christian counties,” he said. “We have 131 members, but there are a lot of other registered businesses out there.”
Taylor said he wants businesses to feel welcome and know that being a member of the chamber can benefit them.
“I think part of my job is going to be making businesses aware that through being a member, the chamber website can help them,” he said. “It is a very cheap way to get their name out there and save money on advertising.”
Even the form of the regular chamber meetings might be changing to better assist member businesses, Taylor said.
“Through our speakers at the meetings, we want to meet the needs of the members,” he said. “We want to offer training courses such as how to hire good employees and maintain our businesses.”
Another area Taylor wants to improve upon is the chamber’s after-hours gatherings. He added that he wanted to see more members coming out to those ribbon cuttings and mixers.
Taylor said the chamber has continued to build a good relationship with the city, which he thinks can help both the city and the chamber.
For 2013, Taylor said the board is still deciding on some of its major events, but it is in the process of setting dates for the annual golf tournament and business expo.