Holcomb Leaving Chamber

Jennifer Holcomb
Jennifer Holcomb during an interview with the Columbus Connection. (File)

Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Tourism president Jennifer Holcomb is leaving the post she has held for a decade.

Holcomb made the announcement this morning in an email.

“I have accepted a position with the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina as their Existing Industry Expansion Manager for the Sandhills Region,” Holcomb said. “I will still represent Columbus County along with nine other counties and work from my home office.”

The California native moved to the Chamber lead after she was director of the Columbus Tourism Bureau. She was instrumental in bringing the two groups together, and expanding the Greater Whiteville Chamber into a countywide entity. Holcomb helped expand local festivals as well as special efforts to promote and support area businesses during hurricanes Matthew and Florence.
“The Chamber has been an integral part of Columbus County for over 85 years and leading the organization’s evolution over the past decade gives me a great sense of pride,” she said. “We have accomplished a lot together and the Chamber is in a very strong financial position with a board of directors that have a vision for the future and a passion for business success.”

“Serving as your Chamber President has been a great honor,” Holcomb said. “I’ve heard it said that you should always leave something better than you found it.  I believe I have, and I look forward to seeing the next person in my seat build upon that and reach heights that I can’t even imagine. “ 

The Chamber board is working on a plan to replace Holcomb. Her last day is Aug. 12. 

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