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Chamber Names Coughlin As New President

Dec 20, 2013 10:10AM ● By Jason Huddle
Concord - The Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce (CRC) has announced the appointment of Patrick Coughlin as President and CEO, effective February 1, 2014.

Coughlin comes to Cabarrus County from Southern Pines, where he currently holds the position of President and CEO of the Moore County Chamber of Commerce, where he has received extensive praise for his abilities, leadership and vision.

The appointment is one the CRC has taken very seriously. The extensive months-long search has involved both internal and external input, from the business community to service and civic leaders. Numerous candidates have been reviewed in the process. Interviews were conducted by the Chamber, as well as outside community members, who provided input to the executive board.

“Our primary goal has been to find someone who the entire community felt would truly make a positive impact on chamber membership and the business community,” says Diane Honeycutt, Chairman of the CRC’s search committee. “Mr. Coughlin has deep experience in chamber leadership, his passion is obvious and he possesses all of the qualities one looks for in a leader.”

Coughlin’s expertise is impressive. In fact, he’s held the title as President and CEO for chambers in New York and Virginia as well. He’s also served as National Director of Business Development for a large corporation.

Expanding leadership programs, initiating conferences and summits to encourage collaboration and consensus among regional governments and even developing business training programs are just a few of the accomplishments on Coughlin’s impressive resume. In fact, under his leadership, the Moore County Chamber has been named one of the top three chambers in the nation by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) twice.

Tom Earnhardt, CRC Board Chair, states, “There is tremendous opportunity for membership growth and community leadership. These are both areas Patrick has demonstrated measurable success. On behalf of the Chamber and the entire business community, we are thrilled to welcome Patrick to Cabarrus County. We are confident that he will lead the Chamber to great success.”

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