In context: The Rome Floyd Chamber has its third president/chief executive officer in as many years. Pam Powers-Smith, who had served as the chamber’s interim leader since Jeanne Krueger announced her resignation in early November, is now her official replacement. Krueger replaced Al Hodge who retired in January 2020 after more than 20 years in the position. All the changes began after Rome City and Floyd County commissioners made a bid to separate economic development from under the chamber.
From a media release: Pam Powers-Smith has been named president and chief executive officer of the Rome Floyd Chamber.
Powers-Smith has served as Director of Business and Industry Services at the chamber since March 2020, and in early November, took on the role of Interim president and cEO.
Says Chamber Chair Cassandra Wheeler: “Pam brings a wealth of experience to the role to include her history as President and CEO of the Opelika (Ala). Chamber of Commerce for over five years prior to her current position at the Rome Floyd Chamber.”
A graduate of Auburn University, Powers-Smith began her career in the economic development/chamber of commerce world in 1998 as communications coordinator for the Auburn / Opelika Tourism Bureau. In 2002 she opened her own photo business in Opelika, which she held ownership of until 2016. In 2011, Powers-Smith was named director of Opelika’s Main Street program. In 2015 she was named the President and CEO of the Opelika Chamber of Commerce.
“The business community in Rome and Floyd County has been great to work with, and I’m excited to continue working with them in this new role,” said Powers-Smith. “We have an amazing staff, and I’m eager to work alongside them as we take care of our members and provide some really great programming moving forward. I hope to meet more Chamber members and community members I haven’t yet met to learn even more about them and our community.”