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Solu­cion Con­sult­ing and for­mer chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of real es­tate firm Grey­land De­vel­op­ment Group, will be the cham­ber leader. Pres­i­dent search com­mit­tee chair Scott Willis said Hall will fo­cus on grow­ing cham­ber mem­ber­ship, meet­ing cur­rent mem­bers’ needs and manag­ing the cham­ber staff. The cham­ber has com­mit­tees fo­cused on sev­eral ar­eas in­clud­ing gov­ern­men­tal af­fairs, small busi­nesses and tourism; Hall will fo­cus on this side of the op­er­a­tion. ble the amount of money they spend an­nu­ally for cham­ber ser­vices, from $108,000 to $241,000. The idea was to be able to of­fer a salary around $125,000, with ex­tra bonuses.

While cham­ber of­fi­cials did not want to dis­close Hall’s salary at this time, Willis said the ex­tra gov­ern­ment money and big salary would be ap­plied to the se­nior vice pres­i­dent, not Hall’s po­si­tion. Hall’s salary will be paid out of the $432,000 con­trib­uted an­nu­ally by the cham­ber’s more than 500 mem­bers.

Hall be­gan his term as pres­i­dent Thurs­day. He will con­tinue to work with the eight clients at his con­sult­ing firm but will phase out of that po­si­tion as those client’s projects are fin­ished. Hall’s firm fo­cuses on busi­ness start-ups and busi­nesses in tran­si­tion.

Willis said Hall was cho­sen be­cause he was well-known and re­spected in the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity. Hall’s name ac­counted for 90 per­cent of the sub­mis­sions for cham­ber pres­i­dent that came from the lo­cal com­mu­nity, Willis said.

“He can unite the cham­ber staff and mem­ber­ship, the busi­ness com­mu­nity and the gov­ern­ment agen­cies that are nec­es­sary for it to all op­er­ate. He’s some­one with ex­cel­lent leader- ship abil­i­ties. He stood out among all of the other candidates. If you dis­agree with him, you can be on op­po­site sides, but when you leave the room, you are still friends. That’s a qual­ity you need in a leader; it’s OK to dis­agree with him,” said Willis, who is friends with Hall.

Hall said he ap­plied for the po­si­tion be­cause he wanted to shape and in­flu­ence pos­i­tively the fu­ture of the com­mu­nity.

“ I have a fam­ily of six, with all of my chil­dren in pub­lic schools. I’m not go­ing any­where. I’m re­ally ex­cited in in­vest­ing in our com­mu­nity,” he said in a phone in­ter­view. “ For me per­son­ally, my skill sets, I love lead­ing teams, I’ve al­ways cre­ated, built and loved teams, in var­i­ous non-profit and for-profit ven­tures. At the cham­ber I’ll re­ally have that op­por­tu­nity that I haven’t been able to do with en­tre­pre­neur­ial work.”

Be­fore work­ing at Grey­land, Hall spent 11 years work­ing for the non-profit group Cam­pus Cru­sade for Christ, a Chris­tian out­reach or­ga­ni­za­tion. He grad­u­ated from the Uni­ver­sity of Arkansas with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in secondary ed­u­ca­tion.

Hall said as the new pres­i­dent he plans to lis­ten be­fore lead­ing. He hopes to bring a strate­gic mind­set to the job, and fo­cus on putting to­gether ef­fec­tive teams to carry out the cham­ber’s mis­sion.

“When I think of the cham­ber, I want to add value to the busi­ness com­mu­nity. Whether that’s through a round­table dis­cus­sion with CEOs or by help­ing small busi­ness un­der­stand so­cial me­dia,” Hall said.

One of Hall’s first pro­pos­als as pres­i­dent was to form the Chair­man’s Com­mit­tee, which will be com­prised of all for­mer cham­ber chair­men. Hall hopes he can draw on their knowl­edge and learn from their suc­cesses and mis­takes.

For­mer cham­ber pres­i­dent John Boothby re­signed in Septem­ber, af­ter three and a half years in the po­si­tion. He said at the time he was looking for­ward to spending more time with his fi­ancé and ex­plor­ing other fields, such as con­sult­ing.

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