The Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce has a new executive vice president this week. Michael E. McNally filled the newly created position after working most recently at the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation. It is the second major staffing change this year at the Chamber, which named Allen Smith president and CEO in June.
“Michael’s professional record is proven and clearly indicates an understanding of what it takes to build member value, enhance economic development and lead positive change,” Smith said. “We look forward to his ideas and leadership as we seek to move the business community forward.”
McNally will be responsible for the general administration of the Chamber and play a leadership role in implementing the Chamber’s major initiatives.
After graduating from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and an MBA, McNally worked in commercial banking and financial management for six years.
McNally began his career in chamber work with the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce in Hickory, N.C., in 2006 as the vice president of marketing and communications and then vice president for governmental affairs and business development.
In 2009 McNally became president and CEO of the Burke County Chamber of Commerce in North Carolina. During his tenure, McNally increased income 31 percent, developed and implemented a three-year strategic plan, completed a rebranding initiative for the organization, established a member engagement program that led to retention rates of 87 percent, and cultivated multiple partnerships with local agencies to establish working committees that met the needs of the business community, the Spartanburg Chamber said in a release.
McNally returned to the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation earlier this year to accept a position as the director of existing industry services.
McNally’s community involvement has included the Rotary Club of Morganton, Catawba County Partnership for Children and the Burke County United Way.