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Randy Halfacre retires as Greater Lexington Chamber president, CEO

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By Chris Cox
Published Oct. 26, 2015

Under Randy Halfacre’s watch, the Greater Lexington Chamber & Visitors Center grew to more than 1,000 members, constructed a new Main Street headquarters and reformatted its membership structure.

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His nine-year tenure will leave its mark on the association, which must now replace him as president and CEO following his recent retirement. Halfacre could not be reached for comment, but board of directors chairman Marvin Robinson confirmed the move today.

During his time, the former Lexington mayor was named the organization’s Chamber Executive of the Year in 2012. He also worked for seven years at Lesesne Industries and before that served as deputy director of the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations.

“How good of an organization it is is just a testament to what Randy and our board have built over those years that he was with the Chamber,” Robinson said.

Robinson did not yet have a timetable for announcing Halfacre’s successor, noting that it is still early in the process. He does plan on getting both community and chamber membership input before hiring a new leader.

The board of directors will conduct the selection process, and Robinson said he has already received “a lot of interest” in the position.

“From my take, I want to see someone that’s going to continue to do what Randy did and be an advocate for the business community,” Robinson said, “and work with our local officials and continue to be a proactive voice for business that benefits our community in Lexington.”

Reach Chris Cox at 803-726-7545 or on Twitter @chrisbcox.

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