Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry CEO Taking Texas Job

Extra law enforcement were pulled in and the Texas Capitol remained closed on Wednesday in preparation for the possibility of rowdy demonstrations, but all was calm.

Glenn Hamer, the longtime president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry, is leaving to take a similar position with the Texas Association of Business.

Chamber officials said Monday that Hamer will remain in his role until Feb. 18 when an interim president and CEO will be named by the chamber’s board of directors. a nationwide search will be conducted for a successor.

Hamer has been with the Arizona chamber since 2006.

Throughout his 14-year tenure, chamber officials said Hamer focused on elevating Arizona’s international profile and was the state’s most vocal advocate for the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the successor agreement to NAFTA.

They said the chamber’s membership ranks expanded greatly under Hamer’s leadership and included the 2008 merger of the Arizona Association of Industries, now organized as the Arizona Manufacturers Council under the chamber umbrella.

The Texas Association of Business is headquartered in Austin. It is that state’s chamber of commerce, representing the business community at the state Capitol and before the Texas congressional delegation.

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