Mike Odom, President and CEO of the Knoxville Chamber

On Tuesday, the Knoxville Chamber Board of Directors named Mike Odom as the organization’s new President and CEO. Odom, who currently serves as President and CEO of the Round Rock (Texas) Chamber, succeeds the retiring Mike Edwards.

“My family and I are absolutely thrilled to join this tremendous organization and community,” said Odom. “Mike (Edwards) and his team have worked hard to establish an exemplary operation in Knoxville, and I am grateful for the opportunity to build upon this legacy.”

In his role as President and CEO, Odom will influence the future of the regional business community through strategic development, public policy and stakeholder relations. He will also collaborate with the Chamber team to ensure benefits and programs continue operating at a high level.“My overarching goal is to help the organization continue to produce the meaningful, measurable results that our members and partners already expect,” he said. “The sheer volume of significant assets located in Innovation Valley is practically unfathomable. It is the Chamber’s role to aggressively leverage these advantages and create opportunities that allow our community to prosper.”

“My overarching goal is to help the organization continue to produce the meaningful, measurable results that our members and partners already expect,” he said. “The sheer volume of significant assets located in Innovation Valley is practically unfathomable. It is the Chamber’s role to aggressively leverage these advantages and create opportunities that allow our community to prosper.”

Odom was chosen by a five-person selection committee comprised of past and present members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. The committee executed a nationwide search that resulted in more than 100 interested applicants.

“The selection committee entered this process with a single goal – to identify the person best suited to lead the Knoxville Chamber and our regional community into its next phase of growth,” said Terry Turner, chairmen of the Knoxville Chamber board of directors. “Mike’s (Odom) resume of success in organizational management, economic growth and community partnership brings a fresh perspective to the Chamber’s mission of driving regional economic prosperity.”

Odom is a chamber veteran, having served as the president and CEO of the Round Rock Chamber since June 2014 with previous stints at the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and the Baton Rouge Area Chamber.

During his four-year tenure at Round Rock, the organization announced economic development projects that generated or retained over 4,700 new jobs and secured more than $800 million in capital investment; increased membership revenue by 38 percent; collaborated with local education partners to enhance certification programs for skilled trades and earned Chamber of the Year honors in 2018.

Odom plans to relocate to Knoxville this summer with his wife and son.