Sara Ray has been named Interim CEO of the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce. Ray currently serves as vice president of the Douglas County Chamber and is celebrating eight years with the organization on March 15.
Ray will begin as interim CEO on April 1, 2018, when current Douglas County Chamber President & CEO Kali Boatright moves to her new position as CEO of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce. Boatright has served the Douglas County Chamber since 2004.
“We are very excited for both of these women in the next step of their professional careers,” said Kara Pearson, 2018 Chair of the Board and Vice President of Finance for GreyStone Power. “After 14 years as CEO, we knew that Boatright would likely be pursuing the next phase of her career, and we have ensured a positive and effective transition with Sara Ray who has been well trained and has built tremendous relationships with the staff, board and community over her eight years.”
“The Chamber team and I are excited to continue moving the Douglas County Chamber and our business community forward in this position, and I appreciate the board’s confidence in this interim position,” said Ray.
Ray currently administers the Douglas County Chamber Foundation including Leadership Douglas, Youth Leadership Douglas and the new AMP’d young professionals group. She also leads the Chamber’s Small Business Initiatives including the Small Business Committee, Small Business Sustainability Program and Small Business of the Year. Ray also supervises both marketing and events for the organization.
Ray is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Organizational Management and has served as Communications Chair for the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. In addition, she is actively engaged in her community as a founding member of Douglasville Young Gamechangers, a member of the Junior League of Douglas County and an active participant of initiatives with the Douglas County School system.
The Executive Committee of the Douglas County Chamber Board of Directors acts as the Chamber HR Committee and will make recommendations to the Board regarding permanent next steps for the organization at their next meeting.