The San Angelo Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday that it has hired Dan Koenig as its new president and chief executive officer after a five-month national search. Koenig replaces the late Phil Neighbors, who died in February. He will begin his position Aug. 8.
The announcement was made in a press release Tuesday by Jamie Akin, chairman of the board of the Chamber and Alvin New, chairman of the search committee.
According to the release, Koenig brings extensive chamber and non-profit organization management experience and leadership skills to the Chamber and previously served as president of the Overland Park, Kansas, Bellevue, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa chambers of commerce.
He is currently an administrator for the Church of the Nativity in Leawood, Kansas, a 2,200 member, 500 student school, with a $5 million annual operating budget.New said in the release that Koenig was selected after the nationwide search and multiple on-site interviews with applicants.
“It was a pleasure to work with the search committee and we were fortunate to attract some very good candidates.” he said.
Koenig is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a degree in journalism and communications and a minor in business management.
Additionally, he has completed continuing education training in areas related to the chamber of commerce profession by obtaining his certification in 2000 from the United States Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management program.
Koenig is also a 2004 graduate of the Ewing Kauffman Foundation New Ventures Entrepreneur Development program.
He and his wife, Mary, have three daughters ages 15, 18 and 20.
“Our family is excited and looking forward to the opportunity,” Koenig said in the release. “The Chamber leadership, volunteers and staff have been very welcoming and that makes our transition so much easier. We are very much looking forward to calling San Angelo home. I feel very fortunate to be inheriting an accomplished, well run and proven organization with solid leadership and staff in place. It’s my hope and desire to build upon these successes and programs and can’t wait to get started.”