The head of a chamber of commerce in Georgia has been named the new president and CEO of ChamberRVA.
Brian Anderson takes on his new role at the regional business organization on Sept. 30.
He will replace Kim Scheeler, who has been president and CEO of ChamberRVA since August 2008.
Scheeler, who turns 65 this month, will remain in Richmond in an advisory role during a transition period before retiring with his wife in Florida.
Anderson, 54, is the president and CEO of the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce, a role he has held since 2015.
Before that, Anderson led the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce in Georgia and chaired the Board of Commissioners in Whitfield County, Ga. He also spent 18 years in the beverage industry with Coca-Cola and Anheuser-Busch, and served as a military intelligence officer.
A native South Carolinian, Anderson has lived in Georgia since 1998.
Anderson said he plans to do a lot of listening when he arrives in the Richmond area next month.
“The chamber has been well-run,” he said. “I want to continue the momentum and do nothing too radical.”
His goals: continuing to get the region to work collaboratively on important topics and making sure the area has the jobs to keep current residents here as well as to attract new ones.
Anderson was selected through a national search process spearheaded by Mark Hourigan, the chamber board’s vice chairman and CEO of Hourigan, a Richmond-based construction and development company.
“He’s done outstanding work in Georgia, and he has demonstrated through his many successes that he believes in community development, leadership development and economic development — right in line with the values of ChamberRVA,” Hourigan said in a statement. “We are fully confident we’ve made the best choice for our regional community’s continued growth and success.”
Under Anderson, the Columbus chamber saw impressive growth and significantly strengthened its financial standing. He also led the community’s strategic plan, Columbus 2025, from a comparative assessment phase into plan development and execution.
While at the Dalton chamber, Anderson led two four-year capital investment campaigns that raised $7 million in new capital for economic development.
Anderson said he wasn’t looking to move from Columbus, Ga., but he liked what he saw in the Richmond community. “I found out about the opportunity and about the regional cooperation with the chamber’s leadership,” he said.
He is a 1987 graduate from Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C., where he received a bachelor’s in economics.
He and his wife, Heather, have two adult children.
Scheeler started at what was then called the Greater Richmond Chamber in August 2008. He came from Florida, where he had been president and CEO of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce for seven years.