BA Chamber Hires New Economic Development VP

Bixby Chamber of Commerce President, Deb Marshall, becomes Broken Arrow’s Vice President of Business Support and Public Affairs on July 1. The appointment was announced by Chamber and EDC President & CEO, Mickey Thompson.

In the newly formed position, funded primarily by the Broken Arrow Economic Development Corporation, Marshall will have major responsibility for implementation of Broken Arrow’s Strategic Plan for Economic Development. Her primary responsibility will be to existing businesses including bringing to scale the newly implemented business visitation program. The visits with existing businesses, conducted by Chamber and City officials, according to Thompson, have proven successful in identifying difficulties that businesses are having “so that we have a chance of helping to resolve those problems and also to identify potential employment and investment growth from the companies that we have visited”.

Marshall will also be charged with organizing government affairs efforts aimed at reducing legislative and regulatory barriers to business performance. She will coordinate the activities of the Broken Arrow Business Assistant Team and be involved in the development and management of a Broken Arrow Business Resource Center that will offer seminars, workshops, classes and provide other business assistance and workforce development programs to area business owners, managers and employees.

Marshall, Oklahoma’s Chamber Executive of the Year in 2006, is known for her marketing abilities, public presentations, event promotion and organization management. She attended Central Missouri State University and Kennedy Western University; is a management graduate of the Chambers’ Center for Chamber Excellence and received certification from the U. S. Chamber of Commerce Institute. She has served in leadership positions for several local and national professional and civic organizations.

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