The Jefferson City Area of Commerce announced Tuesday, Jan. 28 at its January board meeting its longtime President/ CEO, Randy Allen, has decided to retire on July 1, 2020.

Allen’s retirement will bring to a close a remarkable 15-year career with the Chamber and an end to a strong chapter in the Chamber’s history.

“Randy has guided our Chamber and our community through a lot of changes over the last 15 years and set us up for continued success moving forward.” said Chairman of the Board, Darren Heckman. “The Board is grateful for his devotion and leadership over the past 15 years. It is up to us now to find someone with as much passion for Jefferson City as Randy.”

During Allen’s time as President, the Chamber’s membership grew significantly as did is value-added services to its members. Additionally, under his strategic leadership, the chamber evolved past its role as a business networking organization, and into the forefront of Economic Development, taking the lead in growing and expanding the Jefferson City business community.

The Chamber will begin a formal search for Allen’s replacement and this process will be part of new economic development strategy and structure the Chamber is currently undertaking.