Ann Rye Named Alexander City Chamber of Commerce President/CEO

Ann Rye Named Alexander City Chamber of Commerce President/CEO

The Selection Committee, Executive Board and Board of Directors of the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce (ACCC) are pleased to announce the hiring of Mrs. Ann Rye as President/Chief Executive Officer. Rye assumed the leadership role effective January 7, 2013.   As President and CEO, Rye will be responsible for the administration, operation, marketing, and reporting functions of the ACCC and will serve as advisor to the Board of Directors.  She will be charged with maintaining, developing and implementing  comprehensive plans for the marketing of Alexander City and the Lake Martin area as a tourist destination that will ultimately generate and increase lodging tax revenues.

A native of Kingsport, Tennessee, Rye graduated with a BS degree in Management with a marketing concentration from Carson Newman College.  Having moved to the Atlanta area in the late 80’s, Rye was recruited by Macy’s Department Stores for their Executive Management Program.  Rye has owned and operated an interior design business for 17 years and knows full well the partnerships needed to succeed.  Rye has also been Operations Manager for Dillard’s Department Stores in Atlanta and has had a home with her family at Lake Martin since 2002.

“Although there are challenges associated with attracting growth to our area, I welcome these challenges and look forward to reaching out to retailers and supporting the dreams of entrepreneurs in Alexander City.  I envision a thriving downtown area with community events and participation that supports those who invest in our city.  Among the many pressing projects on our plate regarding commerce, I also want to begin putting together events that bring tourism to our area as well as opportunity for our community to come together for good times, embracing  the amazing quality of life we experience in our region.   I also look forward to “building bridges” with our surrounding communities so that we can work together toward a better tomorrow for Alabama as a whole, elaborating on the Greater Lake Martin Area.  Collectively, with our city and state officials, business leaders, and community support, we can put a course of action together to target the vision we all want, a thriving and prosperous place to work and play!”

Rye replaces Marvin Wagoner, who recently retired to a part-time advisory position with the ACCC.