Steve Holt resigns from Shoals Chamber of Commerce post

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Steve Holt, Shoals Chamber of Commerce President

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – He was the first Shoals Chamber of Commerce President after Lauderdale and Colbert counties merged offices.  This week, Steve Holt announced it’s time to step down from his leadership post.

“It’s a hard transition,” Holt explained. “I like change in the community and what we do, but in terms of my life, it was hard.”

Holt is one of the busiest people in the Shoals. For 22 years he has courted, welcomed and celebrated hundreds of business openings as Chamber of Commerce President.

He’s also spent his time lobbying for the Shoals. Holt said one of the biggest impacts he helped with was the completion of Patton Island Bridge (later named Singing River Bridge).

“You probably remember the jokes about there is no traffic on Patton Island Bridge today, because nothing was there but the pylons,” Holt mused. “It took 10 years, but we worked that long.”

Holt said he’s proud of his tenure serving the people of the Shoals. Awards adorn the desk and walls inside his office.

He said this is something he’s been debating for some time now. After spending the first of this week in Washington D.C., he announced his intentions to the Chamber Board of Directors.

“I don’t know where my career will take me from here or what I might be doing.  So, I will miss it because I feel I have been such a big part of it,” Holt stated.

Holt’s last day in his office will be February 29. The Shoals Chamber Of Commerce Board of Directors plans to hire a search firm to look for qualified candidates for the president’s post.

Until one is found, a member of the Chamber’s executive council will serve as interim president.

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