Greer Chamber names news president

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The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce has hired David Merhib as its new president and CEO.

Merhib, who, for the last four years has served as the president and CEO of the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce in South Dakota, will join the chamber on Jan. 28, according to a news release.

“I am looking forward to leading the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce and working with the board of directors, chamber staff, and chamber membership,” Merhib said in a news release. “My goal is to keep the chamber relevant through new and existing programs and initiatives that impact the business community as well as develop and create opportunities for business growth throughout the greater Greer area.”

During his tenure with the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce, Merhib led the creation of a Downtown Business District Committee through a partnership with the Brookings city government, the release said.

In addition, Merhib was responsible for the implementation of two organizational multi-year strategic plans, the creation of a tiered dues-benefit structure for members, and the establishment of public-policy statements for the business community.

Prior to joining the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce, Merhib spent 15 years in the museum field, with his last position being at the Visual Arts Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s Washington Pavilion.

Merhib holds a master’s degree in educational administration from South Dakota State University, and a bachelor’s degree in arts history from the University of Oregon. He’s also a graduate of the Institute of Organizational Management from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“The search committee completed a nationwide search and feels as though we have selected the person who not only has the necessary skills and background, but also will be a great fit for our community,” said Larry Wilson, chair of the chamber’s search committee. “We’re very excited to work with David and begin this new chapter at the Greater Greer Chamber.”

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