PIKEVILLE —The head of the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is leaving his position, shortly after accepting an economic development position with Kentucky Power.
Brad N. Hall was hired as president and CEO of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce and grew that organization into an eight-county regional Chamber of Commerce.
“Brad is one of the most dedicated, passionate, and hardworking individuals I have ever had the privilege of working with,” said Chamber Chair Tracy Syck, of Shred-All Documents. “It is hard to imagine continuing working without him, but we have to believe God has a plan for his future and for the future of the Southeast Kentucky Chamber. We want our Chamber member businesses, our future members, and the community to know that the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will continue to grow with the same passion.”
Current Vice President Jared Arnett will be taking Hall’s place as CEO.
“Jared has played a vital role in the expansion of the regional chamber. He has the talent and skills that are necessary to continue the mission of the Southeast Kentucky Chamber. I know that I am leaving the Chamber in the best possible hands,” said Hall.
Hall will serve as Kentucky Power’s new manager of external affairs. He will work out of the company’s Pikeville office, but will have economic development and community affairs responsibilities throughout the company’s 20-county eastern Kentucky service area.
“I am very pleased to appoint Brad to this new position with Kentucky Power,” said Greg Pauley, president and COO. “I think his economic development experience, his familiarity with eastern Kentucky issues and concerns, and his past education and achievements make him the ideal person to lead our economic development activities.”
“I am excited to have the opportunity to work for a wonderful company like AEP-Kentucky Power,” Hall said. “AEP has a long history in eastern Kentucky and it is an honor to become a part of that history.”
“In my new role, I will have the opportunity to represent Kentucky Power in the communities of eastern Kentucky, working to make a difference and assist in creating and expanding opportunities for growth in the region. This will be an extension of what I was doing at the chamber and it is a role that I am passionate about and eager to take on. I look forward to the challenge,” he said.
Hall is a 1996 graduate of Pikeville College and earned his masters degree in business administration from Morehead State University in 2000. He begins his duties with Kentucky Power June 11.