Round Rock Chamber President & CEO Mike Odom leaving for Knoxville position


Round Rock Chamber President & CEO Mike Odom announced he will leave for a similar position with the 2,200-member Knoxville Area Chamber of Commerce. The Tennessee city has an estimated population of 187,000 according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
In a release to Round Rock Chamber members, board chairperson David Hays said Odom will start his new job on June 3.
“During his five years at the Round Rock Chamber, Mike has done a tremendous job of delivering meaningful and measurable results for the Round Rock community. Under his leadership, the chamber has undergone a true structural evolution culminating in being honored as the 2018 Chamber of the Year by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives,” Hays said in the release.
Hays said the executive committee and board of directors has begun the process with the city of Round Rock to find the next leader for the Chamber, which partners with the city for economic development.
Current Knoxville Chamber President Mike Edwards, who served the Knoxville Chamber for 17 years, announced his retirement and will stay on until Odom and his family move to Knoxville, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. Odom has been with the Round Rock Chamber since June 2014. Under his watch, the Round Rock Chamber helped generate or retain more than 4,700 new jobs and $800 million in capital investment, according to a release by the Knoxville Chamber.

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Joe Warner
Joe Warner is managing editor of the nine Austin-Central Texas editions of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as senior editor of the flagship Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto newspaper. He came to Central Texas from Metro Detroit, where he was editor and general manager of several daily and weekly publications. He is the former president of the Michigan Press Association and was on the MPA board of directors for nine years.
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