Augusta, Maine, DEC. 1, 2014: A retired United States Navy officer, medical practice manager and award-winning community leader will take the helm of the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce. Ross H. Cunningham of Lisbon was selected by the chamber’s board of directors to begin duties as President and CEO of the regional chamber on January 5.
“We are very impressed with the experience, skills and enthusiasm of Ross Cunningham,” Chamber Board Chair Kim Vandermeulen* said of the selection. “He will provide key leadership of the business-based organization which is focused upon strengthening the economy of our capital region. Ross will work closely with current CEO Peter Thompson until Peter’s February retirement after 26 years in the post,” he said.
Cunningham, a Navy lieutenant commander, served five tours at Brunswick Naval Air Station before retiring in 2008 and becoming a medical practice manager. He presently serves as practice manager of both Mid Coast Medical Group-General Surgery at Parkview and Mid Coast Medical Group - Women’s Health Care, both in Brunswick.
He is the founder (2012) and president of Positive Change Lisbon, a non-profit of business leaders and citizens designed to build a stronger community, to promote collaboration, and encourage commercial development and increased investment in existing properties.
“Cunningham comes to the KV Chamber with numerous skills that will assure his success in this task,” Vandermeulen said. “He’s an experienced speechwriter, public speaker and event coordinator who understands economic development and has a passion for community service, event coordination and community development.”
“I hope to continue the excellent work of the Kennebec Valley Chamber in serving its members and the Capital region’s economy while getting to know the region better and looking for ways to improve the chamber’s performance,” Cunningham said.
Cunningham is a graduate of the University of Maine with a BS in business administration (magna cum laude) with a management concentration. He also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University (with honors).
Vandermeulen is CEO of AMI a Winthrop technology manufacturing company. Vandermeulen has been elected to serve a second term as Board Chair of the Chamber during the management transition year. (pgt120314)
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