COLUMBIA — The Columbia Chamber of Commerce announced Friday that Matt McCormick will replace Don Laird as its president.
McCormick will begin as president in January or February, according to a news release from the chamber.
Laird said he was the chamber's president for 24 years.
He will officially retire on Jan. 15, 2013.
The chamber's Presidential Search Task Force, staffed by Bob Wagner, chair emeritus of Columbia Insurance Group and Kee Groshong, vice chancellor at MU, made the decision to hire McCormick.
McCormick has served on several chambers of commerce. Currently, he serves as president of the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce in Lewisville, Texas — a post he has held since 2007.
Prior to heading Lewisville's chamber, he served as president of the chamber of commerce in Cedar Hill, Texas, and as the membership director of the chamber of commerce in Lufkin, Texas.