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Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce Appoints Joy Madison New President and CEO

August 29, 2012

The Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce announced today that Joy Madison has been selected as the Chamber’s new President and CEO. Prior to accepting the position, Madison served as the President and CEO of the Modesto, California Chamber of Commerce.

"I am honored and excited about being selected as the new CEO for the Bristol Chamber of Commerce,” said Madison. “I will be joining an effective organization that has earned multiple U.S. Chamber accreditations. I am eager to get started working with the board, volunteers, and staff to promote business and the community."

The Chamber Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve Madison for the position after a selection committee that reported to the Executive Board, conducted an extensive search.

“We had many strong candidates from throughout the world,” said Chairman of the Board Israel O’Quinn. “Joy brings with her 15-years of proven chamber knowledge and experience. We are pleased to welcome her and her family to our region and to begin building upon the success this Chamber has already experienced. We are proud of the staff at the Chamber. They have done an excellent job serving the members and growing the organization throughout this process.”

Madison obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of North Dakota and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University. In 2009, she was named the Woman of the Year from the 25th Assembly District in the State of California. While serving in an executive role at the chamber of commerce in Ottuma Iowa, she helped raise $11.5 million for an events center using private and public funding. She has served as Corporate Counsel for a family owned company in North Dakota and was a lobbyist for the economic development association of North Dakota.

“We wanted a leader with proven chamber experience, business leadership, governmental relations and economic development,” said search committee member and Past Chairman of the Board Scott Emerine. “Joy had all of the skills the committee felt were needed to serve our members and continue to grow the Chamber. We are thrilled to welcome her to the community.”

Madison will begin working at Chamber next week and plans to attend the races Friday and Saturday to meet with area business and community leaders.