Greater Waco Chamber announces Meadors as new president, CEO

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 10:31am

Matthew T. Meadors of Evansville, Ind. was today named president and CEO of the Greater Waco Chamber.

Meadors is a career chamber executive who has been CEO of the Southwest Indiana Chamber since 2001.

The Southwest Indiana Chamber serves a metro population of 350,000 and a tri‐state population of 820,000. It was named 2007 Chamber of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Executives Association.

Meadors will succeed James G. Vaughan Jr., who has led the Greater Waco Chamber since 2004. Vaughan will retire Aug. 31.

Meadors was selected following a national search led by Waverly Partners, LLC, an executive search consulting
firm. He will assume the leadership at the Greater Waco Chamber in mid‐September.

“We are delighted to welcome Matt Meadors as our new Chamber president,” said Chair Stewart R. Kelly.“Our search committee chaired by Terry Stevens and comprised of Chamber and community leaders has worked tirelessly for several months to ensure we identified the individual who could take our Chamber to the next level. We believe that Matt will lead us into the regional arena where we can look forward to advancing our economic development efforts.”

Among Meadors’ accomplishments at the Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana are facilitating a focus on a vibrant urban core that has resulted in a downtown and riverfront renaissance, framing the importance of regionalism by forming a regional chamber coalition and securing public and legislative support for interstate
transportation infrastructure.

"I am deeply honored to be selected as the new president and CEO of the Greater Waco Chamber,” said Meadors.“Waco is a wonderful community, and the region has tremendous potential. The Chamber is a respected, capable organization with an impressive track record, and I am looking forward with great anticipation to joining the
community and Chamber team. Together, we are going to do great things.”

Meadors’ previous experience also includes the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce in Traverse City, Mich.where he served as manager of Small Business Programs for two years and vice president for 11 years, and the Kokomo‐Howard County Chamber of Commerce in Kokomo, Ind., where he was the community development manager for three years.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Indiana University and is a graduate of the U.S.
Chamber Institute for Organization Management.

Meadors and his wife, Kim, have two daughters. Meagan earned a bachelor’s in business administration from the
University of Evansville, and Lindsay is a senior at the University of Southern Indiana studying marketing and
communications.

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