Shannon Viera will begin her position at the Statesville chamber on November 1.

Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce announces hiring of new president/CEO

Posted at 4:15 PM on Sep 25, 2018

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Special to SVLfreenews.com

The Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday afternoon that Shannon Viera has been selected as the chamber’s new president & CEO.

The chamber’s board of directors voted unanimously to hire Viera for the position after a search committee conducted an extensive nationwide search. Anissa Starnes of Swingbridge Partners LLC provided oversight for the executive search.

Viera, who is leaving her position as president/CEO of the Brunswick County Chamber, will begin work on November 1, 2018. She will be relocating to the Statesville area with her husband Christian and their twin sons, Aidan and Max.

“I am honored and extremely excited to join the Statesville Chamber,” Viera said in a news release. “The chamber’s work is vital to the business community and I look forward to working with the chamber’s board, volunteers, staff and greater community to grow the organization and to promote the interest and ensure the livelihood of local businesses. After meeting with the committee and touring the community, I knew this was the right step for me and my family and I can’t wait to jump in and get started.”

Viera has served at the helm of the Brunswick County Chamber, located in Shallotte, for six years. She is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management program at the University of Georgia. From 2008-2012, she served as the executive director for the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (CACCE). While serving in this capacity, she simultaneously served as the director of Special Events and Programs for the Columbia, S.C., Chamber. While working with the Columbia Chamber she managed the total resource campaign with more than 50 volunteers and raised a total of $1.2 million for the chamber. She is a 2003 graduate of Columbia College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

During her tenure as president/CEO of the Brunswick Chamber, the organization achieved regional accreditation and was recognized on multiple occasions for their marketing and communications and innovative programming through the Carolinas Association of Chamber Executives. Under her leadership, the Brunswick Chamber also planned and executed the North Carolina Oyster Festival, which draws more than 30,000 attendees each year.

Julia Wilson, who chaired the Statesville chamber’s search committee, said the position drew a large number of qualified applicants from across the country.

"Shannon Viera was the most qualified, the best fit for our community and the ideal choice," Wilson said. 

Jeff Smith, chairman of the Statesville chamber and president and CEO of Piedmont HealthCare, touted Viera's background and experience.

“Shannon brings a wealth of experience in management and chamber operations to the chamber. With her exceptional background and experience she is uniquely positioned to represent every stakeholder in our business community," Smith said. "She is an experienced chamber executive and a proven leader with an obvious commitment to supporting local businesses of all sizes and her wealth of innovative programming experience will be an asset to our chamber.

"We are pleased to welcome Shannon and her family to our community and feel that her leadership and proven track record will complement the chamber and keep the organization on a path of success for the future," he added.

Viera will succeed David Bradley, who left the Statesville chamber in August to become the president/CEO of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce in Athens, Ga.

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