Contributed by the Auburn Chamber of Commerce
The Auburn Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has announced Anna Hovey as the new chamber president. Hovey has been part of the Auburn Chamber staff for five years and currently serves as the vice president of business development. Before, she served as the chamber’s director of special events and business development. Beginning Monday, Feb. 15, Hovey will start her role as Auburn Chamber president.
“The search committee was excited to hear Anna’s interest in the chamber’s opening for president,” said Elliot MacIsaac, board chair. “After our interview with her, it was confirmed her vision and goals lined up with what we were looking for in the next president.”
During her time on staff, Hovey has planned, executed and enhanced chamber programming, strengthened relationships within the business community, led the Auburn Chamber Diplomats and spearheaded the Auburn Young Professionals program. Before joining the chamber staff in 2015, Hovey served as an Auburn Chamber Diplomat and a board member.
“Anna’s chamber experience and proven accomplishments as a staff member will allow her to be successful in this role,” MacIsaac said. “We know she will lead the Auburn business community with professionalism, leadership and enthusiasm.”
In 2019, Hovey graduated from the Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce foundation, receiving the recognition of IOM.
“I am thrilled to accept the position as president for an organization that represents successful businesses and impactful organizations that make this community the special place that it is,” Hovey said.
As president, Hovey looks forward to the opportunity to further relationships with the 1,000-plus chamber membership and forming new relationships with businesses the chamber has not yet met. Hovey will begin finalizing the chamber’s strategic goals for 2021 and work on getting them accomplished.
“I’m so thankful for the many people who influenced me and guided me on my journey here,” Hovey said. “Lolly’s shoes are big to fill, and I am grateful for her leadership in bringing the Auburn Chamber where it is today.”
A graduate of Auburn High School and Auburn University, Hovey looks forward to contributing and making an impact in the city she loves and calls home.
Currently, Hovey is a loaned executive for United Way of Lee County, Inc. Additionally, she is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Lee County and has served on the boards of Leadership Lee County, East Alabama Mental Health, the Women’s Philanthropy Board and as chair of the Auburn Preservation League Christmas Tour of Homes.