Brian Albert, the 2024 chair of the board for The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, is assuming the role of interim CEO during an executive search to replace J.J. Hollie, who resigned as president and CEO of the chamber on April 9, according to a news release.

Albert has been a partner in The Woodlands office of Kean Miller LLP since 2023, a firm specializing in business, corporate and real estate law, according to the news release. He has been a member of the chamber's board of directors since 2020.

Hollie has been in the position of president and CEO since September 2015.

The background

Community Impact previously reported that Hollie's previous experience includes:
  • Staff member for former U.S. Sen. Charlie Wilson, 1991-96
  • Production management for Consolidated Communications, 1998-2015
  • Chamber president, 2015-present
According to the chamber website, it represents more than 1,300 employers and is the largest business association in the Greater Houston area.

What they're saying

"We extend our gratitude to J.J. Hollie for his dedication and contributions to our organization," Albert said in the news release. "As we embark on the journey to find new leadership, we are filled with optimism and enthusiasm for the opportunities that lie ahead. With a steadfast commitment to our local business community and chamber members, we are confident that our next leader will guide us to new heights of success, innovation, and collaboration."