Brian Hilson leaving Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce to be president/CEO of Birmingham Business Alliance
Published: Tuesday, March 01, 2011, 6:43 PM Updated: Tuesday, March 01, 2011, 6:59 PM
By Marian Accardi, The Huntsville Times
HUNTSVILLE, AL -- Brian Hilson, president and CEO of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce since 1997, is leaving to become president and CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance, a seven-county economic development organization.
He will leave the chamber job effective March 11 and join the Birmingham organization the week of March 14.
"It's been a fantastic 19 years because the chamber has played an integral role in the community's growth and economic development," Hilson said late this afternoon after meeting with the chamber's staff and executive committee. Hilson joined the chamber in 1992 as senior vice president for economic development.
"I've had one of the best jobs anyone could hope to have in economic development," said Hilson, calling the chamber "a difference maker."
"The opportunities and challenges in Birmingham are significant," Hilson said, adding that's he's looking forward to being able to "make a difference there."
He added: "I'll always be one of Huntsville's biggest supporters."
Charlie Kettle, chairman of the chamber's board of directors, will head the search committee for a new permanent president/CEO, and Tommy Beason, chair of the Chamber Foundation and the 2004 chairman of the chamber's board of directors, will be the interim president.