By Mike Parker / Statesman.com
The Round Rock Chamber’s new CEO and president, Jason Ball, said he will be listening to members and building his team in the coming months.
Ball gave an introductory speech Tuesday during the chamber’s monthly luncheon, where he commended members on their contributions to Round Rock’s economic vitality.
“You in this community have built something really amazing,” he said. “That story of growth is something that is so exciting.”
He also expressed his eagerness in continuing a “legacy of success.”
At a packed monthly luncheon at the Williamson Conference Center, Ball shook hands with community leaders and chamber members. He said in the coming months he will “hear your stories and concerns and work together to grow Round Rock.”
The Chamber chose Ball after a months-long search by an executive search firm. He served for two years as CEO and president of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce in South Dakota. Prior to that, he spent four years as president of the Hutchinson-Reno County Chamber of Commerce in Kansas and five years as director of business development for the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce in Nebraska.
Ball succeeds Mike Odom, who served as chamber president for five years before accepting the lead position with the Chamber of Commerce in Knoxville, Tenn.
Chamber board Chair David Hays said Ball’s energy and enthusiasm were major factors in choosing him as president.
“It was important for us to find someone who could lead us forward and continue to grow and be an asset to Round Rock and the region,” Hays said last month.
In his speech, Ball said he felt he could make a difference.
“In the interview process, people probably noticed I’m not short on ideas,” he said. “And that’s something in the chamber we constantly come up on is we have more ideas than capacity to execute on. But there is so much work ahead of us for this team, I can’t wait to get a planned structure around that.”
Among Ball’s first tasks will be hiring members of his team, including a director of economic development. Ben White served in that role for eight years before accepting the same role at Cedar Park in October 2018.
Ball will also need to find a controller, which handles administrative and accounting duties, and a director of business retention and expansion.