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The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has announced that Kay McDowell will be the next President and CEO following Eddie McBride's retirement.

McBride has been leading the chamber since 1999, and McDowell says that she is "honored to be entrusted to continue the legacy of excellent leadership while growing the ways the Chamber serves and promotes our thriving Lubbock business community."

McDowell has over 25 years of experience in consumer marketing, corporate reputation and brand building. She was most recently the Executive Vice President of Public Relations at Mitchell Communications for 11 years.

Dave Marcinkowski, Partner at Madera Residential and LCC Board Chair, led the process of the LCC CEO search. He said the following in regards to McDowell:

Under Eddie’s leadership our Chamber has developed a highly-respected reputation. As a result, applications for the CEO position came in from Lubbock and across the country. Kay’s extensive experience in the marketing and PR industry and her leadership abilities made her the committee’s top choice to lead our Chamber as we enter a new era. Kay recently relocated from Nashville, Tennessee to Texas so she brings a fresh perspective.

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