Plano chamber selects Kelle Marsalis for top executive role after conducting national search

The Plano Chamber of Commerce has selected a familiar face for its top executive position.

Kelle Marsalis will become the chamber’s president and CEO after serving in the same role since July in an interim capacity, the chamber announced Oct. 16 in a press release. 

"[Marsalis’] servant and visionary leadership styles will further position the Chamber to deliver the value that its membership, the Plano community, and the surrounding region has come to expect," board Chair LaMonte Thomas said in the release.

Marsalis’ selection follows a national search the chamber conducted after former President and CEO Jamee Jolly left for the Plano ISD Education Foundation in May.

Marsalis, a Plano resident, has a background in membership, talent and economic development roles with chambers of commerce in Rockford, Illinois; Stillwater, Oklahoma; and Dallas. She served as director of membership retention for the Plano chamber in 2008 and rejoined the staff as vice president in February 2019 before her appointment as interim president and CEO.

"I am incredibly excited to be selected as the Chamber's president and CEO and to have the opportunity to continue the progress the chamber has made for the Plano business community and our citizens," Marsalis said in the release.
By Daniel Houston
Daniel Houston covers Plano city government, transportation, business and education for Community Impact Newspaper. A Fort Worth native and Baylor University graduate, Daniel reported previously for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City and The Dallas Morning News.


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