TROY — Joseph A. Graves has been hired as the new president of the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce and the CEO of the Troy Development Council following a search of several months.
JC Wallace, current chamber president and CEO of the TDC, announced in May that he will move to St. Simons Island, Georgia, in October.
Graves currently serves as the president/CEO of the Dickson County Chamber of Commerce just outside of Nashville, Tennessee.
Graves, who will begin his employment on Nov. 5, shared how he and his wife Teri and their 5-year-old son, Emerson, are looking forward to calling Troy home in the coming weeks.
“My career has been in economic development for almost 24 years and I was looking for a new location to grow myself personally and professionally. With my background with working in economic development and chamber work, I really felt I’d be a good fit in Troy,” Graves said.
Graves also shared that his move to Troy will bring him closer to his hometown area of Carroll County, Kentucky.
“It seems like a good fit for myself and my family,” he said. “My wife and I are looking forward to moving our family to Troy and calling Troy home. When we visited for the interview process, we both fell in love with (Troy). We found Troy to be very friendly and very open and the community to be a very progressive community. We are very excited about the opportunity.”
“The TDC/Chamber Transition Team began a national search five months ago to find a skilled economic developer with experience in many types of job creation projects who also understood management of a progressive chamber of commerce,” said Ed Westmeyer, president of the Troy Development Council.
“We were very pleased with the response of economic development professionals from across the country, but Mr. Graves had the diversity of experience and has been very successful in a community of similar size in one of the fastest growing metro area in the U.S. With the ongoing growth of many of our businesses and industries, it was important for us to find someone who could hit the ground running.”
“The Troy Chamber added 100 new members last year and continues to be very successful in diversifying our programs and services for area businesses. The new Regional Wage and Benefit Survey is one example,” said Kathy Vukovic, chair of the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce. “Mr. Graves proved that he was the right candidate to help us continue our growth and we welcome him to the Troy community.”
Graves expressed that he is looking forward to this new challenge in his career.
“I am excited about working with the staff, board of directors of the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce and Troy Development Council to continue to bring economic prosperity to the Troy area,” he said.
“During the interview process and spending some time in Troy, I found the city of Troy to be a friendly and progressive community, which I look forward to embracing as a citizen and as a husband and father.”