Athens, GA (May 11, 2007) – The Board of Directors of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce announced today the appointment of Doc Eldridge as its new President & CEO. Eldridge, who has served Athens’ business community for over 25 years, will focus on community development, membership growth and retention, and economic development. “Doc is an excellent choice for our chamber and our community. His background in business and his experience in our community were priorities of the Chamber Board as we tried to match theappropriate leadership with the needs of the chamber,” said Phil Bettendorf, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman.What will this mean for the relationship between the Chamber and the Commission?
“I am honored to take the helm of the chamber. There is not a more desirable community or area of our state that can avail themselves to economic growth and quality of life. I look forward to working closely with our members, elected officials, and community to ensure we have an environment conducive to business,” said Eldridge.
Eldridge has a diverse background with many years of business and management experience while owning his own business, Eldridge & Associates, serving as Mayor of Athens-Clarke County from 1999-2003 and as an Athens-Clarke County Commissioner, from 1995-1999. As a leader in the community, Eldridge has served on the Athens Downtown Development Authority, Economic Development Foundation, UGA Foundation Board of Trustees, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and Athens YMCA Board of Directors.
Chamber names new President
The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce has named former Mayor and Commissioner of ACC and longtime Athens businessman Doc Eldridge as its new President and CEO. From a Chamber press release: