Cabarrus Regional Chamber Hires Barbi Jones As Executive Director
Mar 14, 2016 04:34PM
● By Ryan Frisch
The Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce has hired longtime Cabarrus County resident Barbi Jones to serve as their new executive director.
Jones, who starts April 1, is currently the Chief Communications and Engagement Officer at United Way of Central Carolinas in their regional office in Charlotte. Prior to her tenure there, Jones ran the Cabarrus County office for United Way of Central Carolinas where under her leadership the local campaign and volunteer engagement greatly increased. Before joining United Way, she gained valuable small business experience in her role as Office/Marketing Manager at Craven & Company Realtors. She has also worked at Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County and the Junior Charity League of Concord.
The Chamber posted the position nationally and had responses from many qualified candidates. “The search committee felt that traditional Chamber experience was not necessary as we sought to redefine the model beyond what has always been in the past,” said Chamber board chair Tim Vaughn. “What set Barbi apart was her steadfast community-minded spirit. In her previous positions, she has demonstrated tremendous leadership and a can-do attitude that have produced amazing results reaching every corner of the community. When we interviewed her, it was apparent from the first moment that she was the one for this position.”
“It’s going to be great to be home,” said Jones. “I want to thank the Chamber’s board and Ambassadors who have worked so hard in the interim to set the stage that has produced tremendous excitement and energy at the Chamber. I am a huge believer in teamwork driven by love of community and shared passions, and there’s absolutely no better place for that than Cabarrus County. I am beyond honored and excited about this wonderful opportunity.”
“This is a home run for the Chamber,” said Vaughn. “Barbi knows the business community well and will hit the ground running, adding value to our membership.”
Cabarrus Regional Chamber has more than 600 members and leads, serves and promotes businesses and the community. It serves Concord, Kannapolis, Mt. Pleasant, Harrisburg, Midland and Cabarrus County.