Consulting firm hired to search for new QC Chamber leader

Jorgenson Consulting has been hired to assist the Quad Cities Chamber in finding its next president and CEO. 

Jorgenson is a national executive search firm based in Greensboro, North Carolina, that focuses on non-profit, economic and community development.

After four years serving as president and CEO, Paul Rumler left the chamber in mid-March to become CEO/executive vice president of CCIM Institute. 

“We have led searches in rural communities, mid-sized markets and metropolitan regions, and we have conducted assignments for state organizations as well as a multitude of organizational structures,” according to the company’s website. “At Jorgenson Consulting, we apply a hands-on approach to our searches with our principals, and experienced consultants, personally handling the critical aspects of each project, including identifying candidates and conducting in-depth candidate assessment interviews.”

The firm is conducting a series of meetings late this month with the search committee, chamber staff, members of its board of directors, and a cross-section of community stakeholders. The meetings will assist Jorgenson in developing a position description that captures the preferred candidate’s desired experience and leadership characteristics.

Jorgenson will complete the executive search process later this summer.

LaDrina Wilson, the chamber’s board vice chair and CEO of IMAN Consulting, will lead the search committee. Additional committee members include: Mara Downing, Deere & Company; Mo Hyder, Rhythm City Casino Resort; Caitlin Russell, Russell; and Corri Spiegel, City of Davenport. 

Feedback will be sought from community leaders and chamber members during the search process with the board of directors approving the hire.

“The Quad Cities Chamber is in a great position to find a passionate and capable professional to lead us into the future,” said Ms. Wilson. “We’re committed to finding the right person to represent our region and help us reach our audacious goals of growing our region’s GDP and economy, as well as engaging more businesses.”

As the search is conducted, the chamber has named Mike Oberhaus, its chief strategy officer, as interim CEO. Mr. Oberhaus previously served as the Rock Island-Milan School District superintendent before joining the chamber in 2019.

Requests for information regarding the executive search should be sent to Todd Jorgenson at [email protected]. Jorgenson Consulting will hold all inquiries in confidence.


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