McDonald lauded for 10 years of service to local Chamber

Greg McDonald

For the past year, former Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director made no secret that he was about ready to retire.

That time came in July when he called Chamber President Ralph Robbins to let him know he was going to retire.

His letter to the Chamber of Commerce Executive Board, dated July 20, 2020, stated, “After much thought and discussion with my family, I have decided to retire from my position as Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, effective August 1, 2020.

“I want to thank you for the responsibility you entrusted in me over ten years ago. As I reflect on those ten years, I am very honored to be a part of the team that moved our community forward in so many areas.”

In his letter, he recommened that Shannon Cantrell be given consideration for Executive Director.

She was hired into that position in a Chamber Board of Directors meeting held Thursday, Aug. 27. The Executive Director duties will be merged into her duties as Marketing & Tourism Director.

A statement from the Chamber of Commerce said, “The Chamber appreciates so very much the commitment that Greg has given to his career as the Executive Director and to this community.”

Among McDonald’s many accomplishments, he was especially proud of one.

“I was honored to serve this community during my time as the Executive Director at the Livingston Overton chamber of commerce,” McDonald said. “One thing in particular was our role in VOL E BALL.”

Newly appointed Executive Director Cantrell said, “Greg is an outstanding leader. He has taught me so much over the last year and I will miss him greatly. Greg has been a tremendous contributor to this community and I am honored to be able to follow in his footsteps.”

And Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes added, “It has been an honor and pleasure during my tenure as Livingston Mayor to have worked with Greg McDonald. Greg and I worked diligently, hand in hand for the past 10 years on industrial recruitment and retention.

“Greg’s passion and dedication will truly be missed. I wish Greg the very best in his retirement endeavors.”