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Consultant Will Help Find Next Chamber Leader

The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce has hired a national executive search firm to help find its next president and ceo. Monday it announced the hiring of Jorgenson Consulting.

After leading the chamber for four years, Paul Rumler left earlier this month to be CEO and Executive Vice President for the CCIM Institute. Taking his place on an interim basis will be Chief Strategy Officer Mike Oberhaus.

The Vice Chair of the chamber board, LaDrina Wilson will lead the search committee.

Jorgenson plans to start work this week, and hopes to complete the search by sometime this summer.

Search committee members: Dr. LaDrina Wilson, Chamber Board Vice Chair and CEO of IMAN Consulting, Mara Downing, Deere & Company; Mo Hyder, Rhythm City Casino Resort; Caitlin Russell, Russell; and Corri Spiegel, City of Davenport.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.