New Albany News

Chamber hires Orr as executive director

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The New Albany Chamber of Commerce has selected Courtney Orr as its new executive director.

She is expected to start Nov. 18.

Orr, whose last position was vice president of government affairs for the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce in Florida, moved with her husband and son to Ohio last weekend.

"I did some research on New Albany prior to submitting my application," Orr said. "Based on the research I conducted, I recognized that there was a lot of success happening in New Albany."

Orr said she wanted to help lead a successful community chamber and "wanted to be part of helping the community to grow in the positive direction that it is going and assist small businesses in the community."

Craig Fullen, board president of the New Albany chamber, said Orr was chosen from 30 applicants.

"We chose Courtney because we felt that she will be the person we need to lead the New Albany Chamber of Commerce to the next level in fulfilling its mission of promoting the business success of our members," Fullen said.

He said the chamber's priorities are "business retention, advocacy (and) providing meaningful resources and connections for our members."

"Courtney's prior experience and accomplishments with chambers of commerce, local governments and nonprofits, combined with her many skills such as public relations, event planning and business and economic development, make her a perfect fit," Fullen said.

Orr said prior to working with the Clearwater chamber, she oversaw the adult leadership and young professional leadership programs at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

"I truly enjoy and thrive on chamber of commerce work and I intentionally only was looking to take to take a management position at a chamber," Orr said.

She said executive director of the New Albany chamber is the right position and New Albany is the right place for her family.

Orr is from Indiana. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Indiana State University and a master's degree in business administration, with a focus on project management, from Jones International University.

Orr replaces Eileen Leuby, who resigned as executive director in August to become membership coordinator for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.