Ernie Reigel Announced as Transition Director for Charlotte Chamber and Charlotte Regional Partnership Integration
Joint Media Statement from the Charlotte Chamber and Charlotte Regional Partnership
Published Tuesday, October 2, 2018 3:00 pm

The Charlotte Chamber and the Charlotte Regional Partnership announced today the appointment of Ernie Reigel as Transition Director, a position created to lead the planning and execution of the operational integration of the two organizations until the national CEO search for the integrated entity is completed in early 2019.

Effective Oct. 1, 2018, Reigel is charged with shaping the new enterprise structure and business model. In this role, Reigel is responsible for leading stakeholder communications, working with Charlotte and Mecklenburg County officials to transition economic development project management functions, developing a budget and funding model, beginning staff integration and managing the process for naming and branding of the new organization. Reigel’s service in the role of Transition Director will enable the CEOs and staffs of the Charlotte Chamber and Charlotte Regional Partnership to remain focused on their respective missions through the transition period.

Reigel will work closely with and be responsible to both the Charlotte Chamber Executive Committee and the Charlotte Regional Partnership Board of Directors throughout the integration.

Current Charlotte Chamber CEO Bob Morgan and Charlotte Regional Partnership CEO Ronnie Bryant will continue reporting to their respective boards and focusing their efforts on the positive momentum and current economic development opportunities in our region.

A Partner and former Chairman and Managing Partner at law firm Moore & Van Allen, Reigel is a previous board member of both the Charlotte Chamber and Charlotte Regional Partnership. A graduate of Davidson and the law school at the College of William & Mary, Reigel is a well-respected business and community leader.

On Sept. 10 and 11, 2018, the Executive Committee of the Charlotte Chamber and the Board of Directors of the Charlotte Regional Partnership voted unanimously to authorize their CEOs and staff to engage in the steps necessary to formally combine the organizations. Later this year, the Boards of both organizations are expected to act on formal recommendations from their respective Executive Committees to finalize the operational integration of the two organizations.

Naming a Transition Director is a critical step in the plan for a successful integration, but ultimately the success of the new organization will depend on organization team members, investors, local governments, stakeholders and partners across the 16-county region, coming together as one to enthusiastically and financially support the new enterprise.

We will continue to share more information about the transition in the weeks and months ahead.


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