The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announces the hiring of David Jackson to serve as the chamber’s next President and CEO. He replaces Dan Meyer who is retiring from the organization after 12-years as lead executive and over two decades of overall service. Jackson begins his position August 1, 2016.
Chamber Board Chair Chuck Eyler says, “Jackson brings unbridled enthusiasm. His character, leadership ability, and media savvy played a significant role in the selection process. We are excited about the future of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce.”
Jackson comes to the chamber after 15 years as a member of the Appalachian State Athletic Department staff, serving the last 10 years as Associate Athletic Director. During his tenure he supervised various areas under the department’s external operations umbrella, including marketing and promotions, ticketing, media relations, and broadcast operations. He worked as a key organizer and spokesperson for special projects and coordinated events with University, community, and chamber leadership over the years.
A 2000 graduate of Appalachian State, Jackson served as radio play-by-play announcer for Appalachian Football, men’s basketball, and baseball teams for 16 seasons. He was twice named North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year (2007,’12) by his peers in the National Sports Media Association. He has been a member of NSMA’s National Board of Directors since 2010.
“After working closely with the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce on numerous projects over the years, I am so excited to now be a member of their team,” Jackson said. “I have long been impressed by the work of Dan Meyer, Wysteria White, and the numerous dedicated staff members and volunteers that have enhanced the organization’s ability to be supportive of local businesses and activities. Dan’s legacy will always be visible in the foundation of all the chamber strives to be to its membership. I look forward to leading a team that will seek to build upon those strengths and further support the growth and welfare of our business community.”
Jackson has lived in the Boone area since 1996 and has been active with several community organizations. He served three years as co-chair of the High Country March for Babies, the area’s annual March of Dimes fundraiser. Jackson emceed the Shooting Stars talent show for the Watauga Education Foundation on three occasions. He is also an actively involved member of the Parkway Elementary School PTO.
Retiring President Dan Meyer shares about the ‘up-side’ of transitions: “Change is inevitable, progress is optional. David’s arrival on the scene brings fresh eyes, creative ideas and dynamic leadership to the Chamber’s future.”
A native of Greensboro, NC, Jackson married the former Leila Pratt in 2002. The couple resides in Boone with their two children, Maren and Louisa.