Marianna- For the first time in a decade, the President's desk at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce had a brand new name plate
"Transitioning from the Vice Chairman [of the Chamber's board] to the CEO has been very smooth. I have some very basic goals and it's more of a grass roots kind of approach" said Interim CEO Jeff Massey.
Massey told us he was ready to get out in the community and start shaking hands. One of his first potential new partnerships was with Compass Lake in the Hills
"What a tremendous place" Massey said of the Compass Lake in the Hills development. "Those people out there work hard, it's beautiful- they've got a summer concert series for this summer. And in fact, I'm going to go down there tomorrow and have lunch [with property owners association board members] and see if there's a way we can be beneficial to them as the chamber."
Growing the chamber's list of businesses was just one of many goals Massey had set so far as interim CEO.
"What we want to do at the chamber, first and foremost is our job- and that's promote business" he explained. We have three bullets we operate on as kind of a guideline for us."
Those bullets were: membership services, business advocacy and political action.
"[Political action] allows is to participate in what happens in Tallahassee. Because, what happens in Tallahassee ultimately effects the businesses [in Jackson County]."
And though it had just been a few weeks, Massey said he was very optimistic about the future.
"I think the end goal is to help promote this whole community working as one for the common good of Jackson County. And I think you have that spirit here. And, I think that's going to be exactly the direction we're headed in."
While we were talking, Massey told us the chamber's monthly First Friday Breakfast' would actually be the second Friday of June.
The program will on hurricane preparedness, hosted by Jackson County Emergency management Director, Rodney Andreasen. It will be open to the public. For more information, contact the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce (850) 482-8060