Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

May 9, 2013

Allamong to lead Chamber


CROSSVILLE — J. Bradley Allamong has been selected as the next president/CEO of the Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce.

Allamong, 57, will begin his duties on or before July 1, 2013.

Brad Fox, Chamber chairman, said, "Brad has an incredible set of skills, including 19-plus years of chamber management in Indiana and West Virginia, but he is also an accomplished fund raiser, having served as a development officer at two land-grant universities, Iowa State and the West Virginia University School of Medicine."

The Chamber board conducted a nation-wide and local search to select the person best suited to take the Chamber to the next level.

Allamong earned a master of public administration at Ball State University in Muncie, IN, and is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber's Institute for Organizational Management. He completed the Institute Program when it was a six-year program, and he was accepted into the graduate level program — the Academy for Organization Management. He completed the basic economic development course at the University of Illinois and the first year of the three-year economic development institute.

Allamong's first chamber assignment was with the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber in Indiana.

"We started with a small staff of four but grew to a staff of 23 individuals," Allamong said. "That organization was a one-stop-shop for economic development, small business planning, federal and state procurement, membership and public policy and housed in a renovated post office that served as the Horizon Convention Center."

His role was to serve as the chamber vice president managing all membership and public policy initiatives and guiding a five-county regional economic development program — the East Central Indiana Development Council.

He has served on a number of development-related boards and has also been active in service to the community with the Lions, Rotary and as a board member to a private school in Michigan City, IN.

"Make no mistake, when I get my feet under me in Crossville, I absolutely hope that someone will reach out and find a place for me to continue my community service," Allamong said.

Fox said, "Brad has built the membership at every chamber he has served, lobbied on key policy issues to secure economic development incentives at all levels of government and worked on economic development projects, from small business development to passing a local referendum in Indiana to secure a major gaming facility that now employees more than 1,700 people."

Allamong helped the Michigan City Area Chamber of Commerce to gain reaccreditation under the U.S. Chamber's Accreditation Program and secured accreditation for the first time ever for the Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce in West Virginia.

"I am a strong believer in using tools like accreditation to help secure the best practices known in the chamber industry," Allamong said. "Crossville has a strong Chamber with a very capable staff and a solid membership base. I look forward to working with the Chamber's stakeholders to grow the added value to the membership and the community."